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Enthusiasts World Biathlon world championships: In the Grand-Bornand, snow falls from the truck, not from the sky

13:10  06 december  2022
13:10  06 december  2022 Source:   europe1.fr

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at the beginning of the year, the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, without natural snow , had been controversial. This is relaunched, but this time in France, in Grand-Bornand, in the Alps, where the Biathlon World Cup begins next weekend. Problem: despite some flakes last weekend, there is almost no snow in the Station Haute Savoyard. So we had to transport large quantities with many trucks to draw a ski track in the middle of the fields. A mind -blowing situation for environmentalists, even if the town hall minimizes the impact of such an operation on the Environment .

24,000 cubic meters of artificial snow

The image is striking: all green meadows and in the middle, a long flow of snow. This flow is the biathlon track. To create it, in the absence of snowfall, it was necessary to transport last week 24,000 cubic meters of artificial snow stored a little higher in the station.

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"There are a dozen trucks that were fourteen rotations per day for three days. It is artificial snow , so it's pumped in a restraint Collinaire. It is a human aberration ", denounces Marc Lucchesi, of the Proud Aravis environmental association.

"Any event of international scope necessarily has an environmental imprint"

opposite, the mayor André Périllat-Amédée, admits that this method is not ideal. But it minimizes the ecological impact of such an operation. "That it can be shocking, I understand it absolutely. But what you need to know is that any event of international scope has an environmental footprint. Move the snow represents less than 1% of the balance sheet Total carbon of a biathlon event in the Grand-Bornand, "explains the elected official.

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The transport of spectators would represent 80% of this carbon footprint so the station has rather chosen to have its effort on the implementation of A network of collective shuttles.

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