The winter is coming! By the beginning of the December, we expect to have a good base. The Compagnie du Mont-Blanc (CMB), which operates the ski areas and ski lifts in Chamonix Valley, is preparing for the season 2018-19.
While waiting for good snow cover down to 2000m, there is another option for the pistes. Artificial snow is the alternative solution. Mathieu Dechavanne, President and CEO of Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, estimates that they will start producing snow around mid-November, when a cold snap is expected to come. “There is no point in starting earlier because production melts if temperatures rise”, he explained.
For the 2018-19, the Compagnie du Mont Blanc did not buy any new snow machines. They focused on modernising the ones they already have so that they are more performant. The goal is to make use of the snow canon in freezing temperatures, where previously snow production was not possible.