A serious deficit in snow - fall has lead to skiers finding a new way to enjoy the French 'Pistes'
'Neige Virtuel',or ' Virtual Snow', allows the skier to 'sense' the snow- rich slope, without ever leaving their chalet.
The skier simply downloads an app to their Smartphone and Voilà , they get to hear the swish of the skis and even feel cold, as they use the App.
However, Swiss and Austrian Ski Experts say this is completely bogus:
'The only reason the customer feels cold and hears swishing while viewing this so - called Virtual Snow, is due to the archaic heating systems in most French Ski Chalets - The pipes are old , full of air - locks and very noisy ', say Maria Von Trapp and Joachim Ulrich.
They advise coming to Austria or Switzerland , where adequate snow - fall is guaranteed under The Geneva Convention.