That is what has been spent in Austria in the past 5 years and it raises questions about whether it is cost effective. All resorts seem to need snow cannons but they come at a high price and ultimately the consumer pays. A debate has been raging in Austrian newspapers over spending by the country's ski areas on snowmaking systems. The issue has been raised in its Parliament. Franz Hörl, Chairman of the Austrian trade association of lift operators (Obmann des Fachverbandes Seilbahnwirtschaft) is quoted as saying Austrian ski resort operators would prefer to have less snowmaking but says that customers "...demand perfect ski pistes from November to April or they will not come." He says without snowmaking this is not possible.
Via Aurélien de PIERREFEU