French ski resorts: How a snowless town put itself back on the map

The hotel is closed and the ski lifts are at a standstill, but at the foot of the French slopes an electric bike shop is preparing to open.

Towering above the scene in the Vercors mountains are les Deux Sœurs, their twin peaks basking in the sun. The first snow of the season has not stirred the chair lifts – motionless since late 2018 – into action.

Now the resort of Col de l’Azelier is looking for a second wind.

Why are French ski resorts closing?

Taz and Obi, Myriam Estades’ two dogs, are having a blast in the fresh snow.

Estades is happy to live in Château-Bernard, amid the “magnificent” setting where she learned

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