Several French ski stations are in trouble because of the high energy prices. “The situation is catastrophic,” says Frédéric Géromin, president of the ski resorts in the Isère department. “The question arises whether we can open.”
Many ski stations are in the fall for a renewal of their three-year energy contract, reports ‘France3 Rhöne-Alpes’. This includes the holiday village of Villard-de-Lans with 125 kilometers of ski slopes near Grenoble. “We are not able to sign a new contract with EDF at the current prices,” said director Sébastien Giraud. The price per megawatt hour has gone up about twenty times, from 55 euros last year to something between 800 and 1,000 euros according to current prices.
“Currently, the energy bill represents about 5 percent of our turnover,” says Giraud. “With current prices, that will rise to 20 to 25 percent. As things stand, we cannot open the ski station because we cannot pay the electricity bill.” A closure would immediately start a chain reaction, he warns, because ski schools and restaurants would also bear the consequences.
Frédéric Géromin, president of the ski resorts in Isère, confirms the problem. “If there is no solution, the question arises whether we can open,” he says. According to him, the well-known ski areas ‘Alpes d’Huez’ and ‘Deux Alpes’ are also about to renew their energy contracts.
In ‘Le Figaro’, Patrick Arnaud of Compagnie des Alpes, who runs the ski areas ‘La Plagne’ and ‘Les Arcs’, says that there can be no closures. According to him, the responsibility of ski resorts goes beyond paying operational bills and involves too much economic activity. The sector also fears that doomsday tidings will have a negative impact on reservations.
Skiing more expensive
The tourism sector is already hoping for help from the government. In addition, part of the higher costs will undoubtedly be passed on to tourists: skiing will become more expensive. Some time ago, experts from Austria also warned about this.
Inflation is also making itself felt in the mountains: this is how much a ski trip will cost next winter (+)
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