Châtel, part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, is investing €7 million to increase its snow-making capacities.
The resort is currently building France's largest high-altitude dam and installing 20 extra snow canons to ensure optimal cover all season long.
The dam will create a 130-million-litre reservoir with a surface area of 25,000 square meters. The works began in summer 2009 and continued this past spring. Châtel will begin using the reservoir this winter if needed, even though it will not yet be completely full.
Once completed, this new system will allow Châtel to produce up to 3,200 square metres of snow per hour. This artificial snow consists of water and air only. The resort does not add any chemical products to the snow it produces.
The resort is also adding 20 more snow canons to the Rennes and the Blattins pistes. The new reservoir will furnish the water necessary to allow the snow making system to function. Châtel will thus have 200 artificial snow-makers for the 2010-2011 season and hopes to have 250 canons by 2012.
Both of these projects are part of Châtel's programme costing €7 million. This project began in 2009 and continues over three years.