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World French ski resort closes over 'no snow' for second year in a row

07:55  14 february  2020
07:55  14 february  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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A French ski resort , for the second year in a row , is in the midst of a meltdown. The Le Mourtis resort in the Pyrenees mountains has once again been forced to close its slopes mid-season because warm temperatures there – which rose above 50 degrees Fahrenheit this week -- have brought “no

A French ski resort has been forced to close its ski runs in mid-season as there has been " no snow " for a second year running. The daytime temperature at the Le Mourtis resort in the Pyrenees mountains was above 10C (50F) earlier this week - a likely effect of climate change. It comes as the

A French ski resort, for the second year in a row, is in the midst of a meltdown.

France, Haute-Garonne, Le Mourtis;Station de ski. France, Haute-Garonne, Le Mourtis;Station de ski. (Photo by Jacques SIERPINSKI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)© Jacques SIERPINSKI/GAMMA-RAPHO France, Haute-Garonne, Le Mourtis;Station de ski. France, Haute-Garonne, Le Mourtis;Station de ski. (Photo by Jacques SIERPINSKI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

The Le Mourtis resort in the Pyrenees mountains has once again been forced to close its slopes mid-season because warm temperatures there – which rose above 50 degrees Fahrenheit this week -- have brought “no snow,” Sky News reports. The last time France experienced a start to the year this mild, the country’s national weather service says, was in 1900.

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CLIMATE-CHANGE/FRANCE- SKIING (PIX, TV):The ski resort with no snow contemplates a "There's no snow ," said French holidaymaker Frederic Foltran, setting off for the piste this week not The Mourtis resort sits at 1,350 metres, putting it in the melt zone. "It's the second year in a row that

Meanwhile, the rows of rental ski boots, skis and poles in Gillaizeau's shop are untouched. The Mourtis resort sits at 1,350 metres, putting it in the melt zone. "It's the second year in a row that we've had no snow ," said Laurent Morel, a vacationer from the city of Toulouse who was taking a walk on

"We made the decision to close because we couldn't guarantee maximum safety for our clients to ski," Christophe Esparseil, the director of the property, told Sky News.

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Francois Gillaizeau, who manages a hotel and restaurant next to the resort, added that he has slashed the hours of some staff as he expects revenues to fall this year as much as 15 percent.

"Skiing? No one today can guarantee it," he said.

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Those who are still visiting Le Mourtis have been hiking or riding downhill scooters as an alternative.

The Le Mourtis resort is around 4,500 feet above sea level. If the warm weather continues, resorts like it and others up to 5,200 feet above sea level will be too warm to even use artificial snow, Sky News reports.

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