60 years after the french “snow plans”, it’s time to take stock, and sometimes to be disenchanted.
The Covid 19 crisis and the increasing scarcity of “white gold” point the finger at a system that is running out of steam, condemned to making snow and attracting a wealthy international clientele.
The abandonment of small resorts is symptomatic of both climate change and the socio-economic changes underway.
At the Alpine Urbanism & Geography Institute, Pierre METRAL is working on a remarkable PhD doctorate on this theme.
“Against a backdrop of “snowstalgia”, the increasing scarcity of snow is deeply questioning our relationship with the mountains. To what transformations does its uncertain presence invite us? “