Winter and summer, snow or grass, Jean-Yves Duperthuy cares for the 120 kilometres of slopes across the Contamines – Hauteluce ski area.
For the past ten years, he directs this service within the SECMH (Lift Company). In winter he organizes the ski patrol, the snow-grooming and the artificial snow making team. When summer comes, Jean-Yves works with his team to improve the ski area and create new structures, such as an MTB circuit opened in summer 2013. “To ensure the healthy development of the resort, it is necessary to have a long-term vision. We always work with one or two seasons in advance”.
A native of Saint Nicolas de Veroce, Jean-Yves Duperthuy has always worked in the mountains. At 18, he joined the ski patrol. After several years working locally, he joined the team in Val d’Isère to broaden his horizons. “World Cup events and Winter Olympics, I learnt a lot at that time” explains Jean-Yves. In 1992 he joined the SECMH in Les Contamines as a member of the ski patrol, before becoming a patrol artificer. He progressed over the years to the position of Slope Director in 2003. “The family dimension of the resort appeals to me” says Jean-Yves. “The contact with the customer is very simple, very direct. To enjoy work one has to appreciate the surroundings. I work in my valley, my home.”
Over the years, Jean-Yves has seen his job evolve. Today, ecology is the main concern. The slopes are planted with grass to ensure good snow and the natural appearance is systematically restored when maintenance work is completed.
“I want to participate in the evolution and economic development of the Valley but not at the expense of the mountains and nature. My actions are guided by a solitary notion: to leave to our children a beautiful valley.”
Photos : © Zir