Synopsis: Electricity is essential to the smooth operation of ski lifts and the illumination of chalets in resorts. But as a result of the rising costs, some slopes may not be able to reopen anytime soon.
After a big blow by Covid-19 France skiing resorts is gearing up to receive hundreds of tourists in the winter season. France’s tourism increases every winter and this time various economic and political crises in the world might affect the tourism industry. The first example is the energy crisis in France due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The lack of enough energy supply has affected hugely to France and the government is taking different measures to make sure that the winter season did not halt the common people’s livelihood in the country.
Electricity is essential to the smooth operation of ski lifts and the illumination of chalets in resorts. But as a result of the rising costs, some slopes may not be able to reopen anytime soon.
France has implemented a number of energy-saving measures, including earlier Eiffel Tower sunsets and lowered pool temperatures.
Will French ski would able to open this winter?
The answer remains in the dark because of the lack of energy supply in the country. According to Anne Marty, deputy president of the Domaines Skiables de France (DSF) union and deputy general manager of Altiservice, which manages a number of resorts in the Pyrenees, electricity costs for French ski resorts and lift operators might increase by up to eight times next year.
According to her, those whose contracts end in January would see very large increases. In the worst-case scenario, expenses at Altiservice’s resorts in Saint-Lary and Font-Romeu may increase from €2 million to €15 million, putting the popular tourist destinations in the red. These are some of the best resorts in France that people love to visit.
The DSF is advocating that ski lift businesses receive the same governmental assistance as energy-intensive businesses in other industries do. The head of the union’s Isère region, Frédéric Géromin, has also urged that the government introduce a tariff, protecting lift operators like homes whose energy bills have been fixed at a 4% increase.
What does that entail for serious skiers? It goes without saying that the closure of ski lift and gondola operators would have an impact on the whole mountainside ecology, including ski resorts, dining establishments, and lodging facilities.