IN OTHER WORDS, WE CAN’T COUNT ON THE GOOD LORD FOR OUR SNOW ANY MORE. WE HAVE TO GIVE HIM A HAND.
Cannon snow not only replaces natural snow when it comes late, it also forms the base natural snow will lie on. One reason why we still had good skiing top to bottom on 1 May was Val d’Isère’s world-record production of artificial snow early in the winter.
And that’s where the pipes come in. Production was limited by leaks and legal restrictions on pumping water from streams with fish. The new pipes from above Le Fornet apparently resolve both problems, and we’re promised double quantities next winter.
You may not book your ski holiday around snow cannons, but knowing that whatever the weather does Val d’Isère will still offer great skiing from November to May is reassuring…