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Despite an incredible winter season with the best snowfall for many years, Courchevel is already thinking ahead to ensure that next season starts with snow on the pistes.
With global warming increasingly an issue and after a very warm summer in 2017, Courchevel will be ‘snow farming’ through the summer of 2018.
S3V – the company that operates the lifts in Courchevel – is experimenting with snowfarming for the first time this summer. The ultimate goal is to ensure that that the Émile-Allais stadium is in perfect shape for the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup that the resort hosts in December.
The resort hopes that 20,000 cubic metres of snow will be stored until next winter. That’s enough on its own to cover one third of the race stadium.
To do this, S3V have laid down 1800 square metres of white tarpaulin, which has been stretched over the piste above panels specially designed to keep the snow cool.
This Snowfarming technique stores an area of snow under a special tarpaulin and then blocks of insulation panels are placed on top.
Some 20,000 cubic metres are being stored (equivalent to 50 football pitches covered in snow 10cm deep). It is expected that 15,000 cubic metres will remain by the end of November.
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