French ski resort goes bust due to lack of snow

One of France’s oldest ski resorts has gone into receivership following a disastrously snow-free winter. For much of the season, two-thirds of the 33 pistes at Le Mont-Dore, in the Massif Central, were closed. Officials say that the resort usually registers s5m in takings, but this year it made just s625,000. This winter was the warmest on record in Europe: average temperatures for December, January and February were fully 1.4°C above the previous high set in 2015-16, and 3.4°C warmer than the average for 1981 to 2010. In much of northeastern Europe, the difference was even more extreme this year. In the Finnish capital, Helsinki, for instance, temperatures were 6°C above the long-run average. Broadly speaking, nowadays only French ski resorts above 1,500 metres can rely on getting enough snow for a decent ski season; whereas in 1960, the cut-off point was 1,200 metres.