(Jul 19, 2007)

Ski resort in the French Alps succumbs to warming

By Thierry Boinet
From AP

Restaurant owner Marie-Jane Teninge, 61, disagreed, blaming ''bad management'' for the station's troubles.

''I am skeptical about global warming. It's just a matter of cycles,'' she said, adding that she was ready to pay more taxes to keep the station open.

Jean-Charles Simiand, president of the French national union for ski lifts and cable cars, noted that the lifts are used today for hikers and mountain bikers in summer, but that the activity accounts for just 3 percent of overall lift revenues.

''The mid-altitude stations must adapt,'' he said. ''Diversification of the economy is possible, but so far no one has found an activity that can substitute for skiing.''

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