Monday, 18 November 2013

New snow cannon and reservoirs in Megeve.

The new reservoir on Mont d'Arbois, Megeve should be ready to provide water for the snow cannon on the green Mandarine piste this winter! 

When we were out in the summer they were doing landscaping around the reservoir.  You can see it from the Ideal chair on the left hand side, below the Oratoire run.  The Mandarine piste goes from the top of the Mont d'Arbois bubble to the bottom.  This will be a huge improvement and will ensure that the snow stays good on the main link back to Megeve.

There's also reservoirs servicing snow cannon on the Bettex side as well as at Rochebrune by the Petit Fontaine chair lift and at Jaillet.

As soon as it gets cold enough they start making snow and stockpiling it for repair of the pistes. Some piles are in the trees, and there is a big mound on the Grand Champs at Rochebrune.  I remember when they repaired the pistes by putting down straw!   The snow cannon are a big improvement.
The management of the pistes has become a very skilled job.   You only have to look at the big machines and the numbers that they employ to appreciate the work that goes into keeping the pistes in good condition.  In addition, they have the specialised machines to make the jumps and pipes for the snow parks.   Some pistes are deliberately  left ungroomed for those who want to try a bit of off piste, but without the risk of actually being off piste.  Thanks to the pisteurs and the hard work they put in, Megeve's pistes stay in tip top condition all through the season.

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