Published on : Monday, January 9, 2017
The snow cannons will apparently be switched off at more than 50 resorts across the Haute-Savoie region unless there is significant snow or rainfall. Pierre Lambert, the head of the Haute-Savoie regional government said that the situation has reached such a point of drought that if it doesn’t snow or rains, the authority will be forced to make a drought stoppage.
If such an order were to follow, it would ban the resorts using water from the mains network for the snow cannons, which were used over Christmas and New Year. This year recorded the driest December in Haute-Savoie in the last 50 years. There was a major decline in the number of visitors during Christmas and New Year in the Swiss ski resorts due to the lack of snow.
On average, 12.6 per cent fewer people used cable cars, ski trains and lifts than the same period in 2015.
The Swiss Alps recorded the lowest snowfall over the festive period since 1864, according to local officials. Fortunately, some parts of the Alps received heavy rainfall during the last week.