Unpredictable winters: Mont-Orford invests in snowmaking to improve its seasons
< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">Mont-Orford is investing two million dollars in snowmaking for its next season (archives).
Mont-Orford wants to arm itself with more snow for its next sliding season, in a context where winters are increasingly difficult to predict. The resort is investing two million dollars in snowmaking infrastructure.
The General Manager of the Ski & Golf Mont-Orford, Simon Blouin, explains that it is particularly the weeks leading up to the holiday season that give them a hard time, when it is a pivotal period in the resort's income.
< p class="e-p">There won't necessarily be more snow on the ground than there is now, but the speed of snowing up the slopes will be increased, explains the general manager.
Ski resorts must adapt to increasingly unpredictable winters.
When we're going to have nice cold windows, we're going to be much more productive, says Simon Blouin.
“When we have less cold hours before the holiday season, may we be able to open more trails.
— Simon Blouin, General Manager. Corporation Ski & Golf Mont-Orford
Work will begin this summer so that everything will be ready for fall 2023. Various fixed snow cannons will be installed at various locations on the trails.
The Managing Director ensures that the cost of subscriptions should not be affected by these investments. If there is an increase, it will be linked to inflation, says Simon Blouin.
A few years ago, some slopes offered completely natural snow slopes, but with climate change, Mont-Orford, like many ski resorts in the province, must turn more to snow cannons.