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His actual title is “Adjoint aux Operations” (Operations Assistant), but Pierre Cote’s new job in his own words is to “figure out how we’re making snow and find ways to improve it”.
Meet Pierre Cote, Snow Engineer.
Working with (Mountain) Operations Manager Larry Boyer, Pierre is the resident snow creation specialist.
This is a brand new role for Cote at Mont Blanc and it could be said that no one could be better suited for it. For 10 years Pierre was the head of Mont Blanc’s ski patrol, which means that no one knows the mountain’s trouble spots better. And in the off-season, Cote designs and develops water treatment systems for irrigation.
The combination makes Cote part engineer, part safety planner – and now snow scientist. So the next time you’re enjoying great conditions at Mont Blanc, look for Pierre and say ‘thanks’!