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24 July 2017

If you don’t see the interest of a pile of water pipes on the road to Le Fornet, consider this: Val d’Isère and Tignes may share one of the highest and snowiest ski areas in the world, with glaciers at either end and a unique microclimate, but even between 6,000 and 11,000 feet temperatures are rising fast. 2015 and 2016 were the warmest years ever and 2017 won’t be far behind. Val’s glacier closed earlier than usual this July in spite of heavy snow in the spring.
Val d'Isère 24 July 2017

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…