Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a celebrated resort in the German Alps that has played host to many elite international winter sports events.
But spring-like temperatures this winter has led to the cancellation of a world cup weekend later this month as it’s far too warm to use snow canons.
Juergen Schmude – chair of economic geography at Munich University had a rather gloomy forecast for Germany’s ski resorts.
He said: “After the year 2050 there will be very few German skiing resorts. The basic trend is that there should be one more financial investment, which means this investment covers the next 15 to 20 years. But after that many skiing areas will have to think what they can do when the slopes and skiing tourism dry up.”
Whilst world cup organizers move the Garmisch World Cup event across the borders to Cortina D’Ampezzo in Italy, tourists are following suit and already looking for destinations where they can find better snow conditions such in neighboring Austria or Switzerland.