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17 Feb 2020

French ski resort uses helicopters to deliver snow for bare slopes

Helicopters moved snow from higher mountains to slopes at the Luchon-Superbagnères resort
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A French ski resort has used helicopters to deliver snow after mild weather dried out its slopes, threatening it with closure.

The Luchon-Superbagnères resort in the Pyrenees arranged for around 50 tonnes of snow to be dropped on its slopes.

Taken from higher mountains, the snow was dumped on slopes for beginners and children on Friday and Saturday.

Temperatures have risen above 10C across the Pyrenees this week, leaving ski slopes devoid of snow.

Milder weather and a lack of snow during winter are trends that meteorologists have linked to climate change.

In order to keep Luchon-Superbagnères open, the local council arranged for snow to be sent at a cost of more than 5,000 euros (£4,150).

Hervé Pounau, director of the local council, said it was a worthwhile investment.

"We're not going to cover the entire ski station in snow, but without it we would have had to close a huge part of the ski domain, and it's during the holidays that we have the most activity for beginners and the ski schools," Mr Pounau said.

The school holidays in February and March are typically the busiest time of year for ski resorts in France.

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