Located on the slopes of Mont Aigoual in the Gard, the only ski resort in the Cévennes is preparing for its opening scheduled for December 16 or 23. And to do so, it appeals to all people of good will. Last Sunday, about fifteen volunteers took part in the removal of stones from the ten or so slopes. This Sunday, December 3rd, we hope that there will be as many of them to participate in the pruning of the trees located along the slopes.
"The sun melts the snow on the branches and the water, when it falls on the track, melts the snow," explains Denis Boissière, co-manager of Alti Aigoual. At the beginning of October, mountain solidarity had already spoken with the arrival of the chief mechanic of the Alpes d'Huez/Deux Alpes resorts and four of his technicians to change the cable of a ski lift free of charge. That's a saving of 10,000 euros, not negligible for a resort that has a string of complicated winters.
Is developing summer activities the solution?
"In 2019 the winter was the hottest in the last fifty years, in 2020 the ski lifts were at a standstill due to Covid and in 2021 the winter was very dry and our snow factory exploded. 2022 could have been a good year if the electricity bill hadn't gone from €45,000 to €107,000 and if Montpellier residents' holidays - 60% of our turnover - hadn't been so late. »
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Faced with these winter hazards, Denis Boissière and his partner would like to develop summer activities, but their projects are systematically refused within the Cévennes National Park. According to him, this nonsense is suffered by the 5,000 inhabitants of the territory.