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Europe's snowless ski resorts preview winter in a warming world

By Rick Noack

12 Jan 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

In towns across the Alps, recreational skiing carries a heavy cultural value and economic weight. So the severe lack of snow this winter is seen as an existential crisis, the Washington Post writes.

LES GETS, France - With children running around inflatable cactuses and sunburned mountain bikers racing under blue skies, the French village of Les Gets looked like an enviable summer holidays destination last week. The problem was that nobody here had asked for it.

Not in the middle of winter, when this Alpine ski resort should have been covered by thick layers of snow, ice and even more snow.

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