Italian Glacier Resort Closes as Glaciers Melt

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Passo Stelvio is the latest summer ski resort to close as warm temperatures take their toll. Some question how many more years glacier skiing in Europe will be able to continue. NEW

The freezing level has been at almost 4,500m in the mountain area around Passo Stelvio and though the resort has tried to stay open it has now decided to close.

It calls the measure a “temporary suspension” and hopes to reopen for summer skiing once the temperatures drop and conditions allow.

In the Alps only Zermatt in Switzerland and Hintertux in Austria remain open to the public.

Saas-Fee in Switzerland is open but only for race teams.

Les2Alpes in France was forced to shut early as we reported.

Another French resort, Val d’Isere, didn’t even open its Pisaillas glacier area for summer skiing.

While neighbouring Tignes is also now unable to offer summer skiing as we reported earlier:

Tignes, France. Image © David Morgan

Tignes, France. Image © David Morgan

Tignes, France. Image © David Morgan

Tignes, France. Image © David Morgan

The warm temperatures across Europe this summer have been particularly harmful to the glaciers as their melting accelerates.

In Italy the glacier on Marmolada in the Dolomites partially collapsed killing 11 people who were hiking.

Marmolada ice collapse. Image c/o Alpine rescue services.

Marmolada ice collapse. Image c/o Alpine rescue services.

Our advice at PlanetSKI on summer glacier skiing is simple and remains the same:

This article was originally published by Planetski.eu. Read the original article here.

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