Ski Resorts In Europe Shut Down As Winter Heatwave Results In Snowless Slopes

Ski Resorts In Europe Shut Down As Winter Heatwave Results In Snowless Slopes
Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Piali Gupta
January 06 , 2023
01 Min Read

Unprecedented warm weather across Europe has thawed the snow on ski slopes and forced ski resorts to close. For instance, French resorts near Mont-Blanc have had to cancel the World Cup telemark ski race. Some ski destinations have had to resort to artificial snow. This is happening during the busiest time of year for skiing, when resorts rely on visitors to keep them open during the rest of the year.

Since the majority of the snow had melted from the slopes, many ski resorts in France and Switzerland have announced that they would be closed. Among the countries affected by the winter heatwave are Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland which have recorded their warmest January days on record, with temperatures climbing to 21 degrees Celsius.


This weekend, Adelboden, a ski resort in Switzerland, will host a World Cup competition on its famed Chuenisbärgli course. According to the resort, practically all of this year's race will be run on artificial snow, with temperatures over freezing even at elevations of 2,000 metres (6,500ft).

Unseasonable heat brought on by a warm air mass from Africa and a La Nia event that was reducing ocean temperatures and generating weather extremes were two of the causes of the unseasonal warm weather, which otherwise would have come in June

The Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research cautions that at the turn of the century, only resorts over 2,500 metres will receive enough natural snow to remain in operation.

Even in Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum's annual conference gets underway on January 16, the lower slopes still have little snow cover.

Related Articles

5 Oldest Cafes Around...

Vartika Srivastava January 30 , 2023

5 Historic Hotels With...

Vartika Srivastava January 13 , 2023

Here to there

Explore Directions(Routes) and more...
to Go

Our Other Editions

Outlook’ is India’s most vibrant weekly news magazine with critically and globally acclaimed print and digital editions. Now in its 23rd year...

Explore All
  • Check out our Magazine of the month
  • Offbeat destinations
  • In-depth storytelling
  • Stunning pictures
  • Subscribe