Temperatures in Switzerland have been alarmingly excessive this winter. The previous winter days have seen days above 20 levels Celsius, that’s, do you sit? 68 levels Fahrenheit. Within the Swiss Alps. In January. Yuck. Common temperatures have been round 7 levels Celsius (44 Fahrenheit), properly above freezing.
Gstaad, the elite vacation spot space with a number of resorts, has not too long ago adopted the hard-to-believe tactic of utilizing a helicopter to fly into plenty of snow. Simply earlier than Christmas, when the world is bustling with vacationers spending massive on snowboarding and procuring, 9 helicopter flights have been made in an try and dump sufficient snow to attach Zweisimmen and Saanenmöser.
It was too sizzling and there wasn’t sufficient snow to make up for snowmaking, resort officers mentioned.
The Gstaad space just isn’t notably excessive, at about 900 meters above sea degree, so it isn’t very uncommon for there to be an absence of snowfall. What’s uncommon is the unbelievable warmth that melts the snow that has already fallen.
After all, it is ironic to make use of a fuel-burning helicopter to move snow from increased to decrease elevations, at a time when local weather change from fossil gasoline burning is contributing to file warmth wiping out snowfall within the space.
Anyway, it did not work anyway.
“On this distinctive climate scenario, snow was as soon as transported by helicopter from a close-by snow depot to ensure the slope connection between Zweisimmen and the Saanenland,” mentioned Vacation spot Gstaat, the valley’s vacationer workplace.
“This emergency measure was ecologically insensitive. It additionally turned out to be technically unsuitable. The transports by helicopter have been due to this fact instantly stopped. No additional flights are deliberate.”