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No Summer Skiing in Tignes, Saas Fee - and Now Zermatt

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Sadly a lot of great Saas-Fee runs no longer exist, I was lucky enough to ski many of them with local guides and instructors (even though being spotted doing it in a red suit was frowned upon for obvious reasons Toofy Grin)

This shot is from 2009, with local instructor Florence (in front are her brother and a guide). It's a view that is no longer possible from a glacier that no longer exists.....for most of the run you stuck to the centre compression ridge, then switched to the sides as the glacier crevased and broke up at the bottom.

Who knows, if Global Warming really kicks in and the Gulf Stream stops, Western Europe will become much wetter with colder winters and the glaciers will hopefully reform snowHead

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French mayor threatens €15,000 deposit to climb Mont Blanc
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PowderAdict wrote:
Sadly a lot of great Saas-Fee runs no longer exist, I was lucky enough to ski many of them with local guides and instructors (even though being spotted doing it in a red suit was frowned upon for obvious reasons Toofy Grin)

This shot is from 2009, with local instructor Florence...



I didn't realise guides were wearing helmets 12 years ago. How time flies! rolling eyes
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Environmental groups are annoyed that LDA is snowmaking up on the glacier: https://pistehors.com/b1soeYIBFehy1ochfZmm/the-ice-man-cometh
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the melting glaciers are starting to reveal their secrets......

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/09/switzerlands-melting-glaciers-reveal-human-remains-and-plane-wreckage
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The old guard in Tignes know of quite a few bodies up on the Grande Motte, some may get to bury their old mates, when they thought it would be a hundred or so years before gravity revealed them.
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Report (in French) about the Glacier 3000 ski area in Switzerland: https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/auvergne-rhone-alpes/un-col-enseveli-sous-la-glace-depuis-plus-de-2-000-ans-refait-surface-dans-les-alpes-suisses-2595172.html
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Alastair Pink wrote:
Report (in French) about the Glacier 3000 ski area in Switzerlandl

There was an article on that in English here.
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My Sister is in Saas-Fee this week for a walking/hiking holiday, and has provided some pictures of the absent Fee glacier.

30 years ago, pretty much everything that isn't grass, trees or vertical was glacier.



13 years ago I skied down the glacier to where the water fall and lake are now (see pictures above).



With this much exposed rock at altitude the remaining glacier will soon follow Sad



I guess the only upside is that once the melting glacier has stabilized it will open up a lot more freeride areas.
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This summer was the hottest on record in Europe, according to data from EU satellite monitoring.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service said the data showed August in Europe was the warmest on record by "a substantial margin."

Globally, the researchers say August was the third warmest yet recorded.
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I was out in Zermatt last week. Here's my report from the glacier:


http://youtube.com/v/AOSc5A0D-SU

Also this pic of tarpaulin on the glacier:
https://twitter.com/skipedia/status/1566439735480008706
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No skiing on Dachstein glacier this autumn or winter. Sad https://planetski.eu/2022/09/15/dachstein-glacier-to-remain-shut-this-season-as-climate-change-takes-its-toll/
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Apparently summer skiing opened again today in Zermatt, - or Autumn skiing!
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PowderAdict wrote:
Who knows, if Global Warming really kicks in and the Gulf Stream stops, Western Europe will become much wetter with colder winters and the glaciers will hopefully reform snowHead


There will be so much snow and cold we will be sick of it, and the last thing we will need will be glaciers!
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Alastair Pink wrote:
No skiing on Dachstein glacier this autumn or winter. Sad https://planetski.eu/2022/09/15/dachstein-glacier-to-remain-shut-this-season-as-climate-change-takes-its-toll/


Tignes will need a lot of snow to open in 4 weeks looking at the webcam.
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Indeed... Tignes has no current plans to open the glacier for skiing in 4 weeks. Latest official announcement (see Tignes 21/22 thread) anticipates opening last weekend of November. Any earlier only if there is "exceptional autumn snowfall".
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One of the glaciers on the Zugspitze is now officially no longer a glacier Sad
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Latest official announcement (see Tignes 21/22 thread) anticipates opening last weekend of November
That's an absolute shocker given that it's usual for Double M piste (ie the run back down to Tignes Val Claret) to be open by mid-November Shocked
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Zermatt open again now as of a week ago. Looking more positive for their downhill races in a month
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