A French mountain is being covered by a giant white blanket. The aim is to stop the glacier at one of Europe’s most famous ski resorts from melting.
Even though it is unable to protect the whole mountain side, when placed in a few strategic parts, experts say it forms an effective barrier.
Putting the mega-blanket in place is not simple. Even with the help of a helicopter, it takes 10 men at least two days to do so. Nevertheless, at 30,000 euros, those in charge of the resort think it is worth it.
Gilles Grand, a spokesperson for ‘Les Arcs’ ski resort said: ‘‘A small glacier, under an altitude of 3,000 metres, I think its days are numbered. However, a bigger glacier like this one, which is in a valley, has a chance to regenerate and has a good chance of survival.’‘
Even though it is the first French glacier to get a summer shield, surprisingly the idea is not new.
Both Austria and Switzerland have been using giant blankets to protect their ice from global warming for five years.