Alps 'suffering from lack of snow'
26 January 2009 09:59
A reduction in the amount of snow to fall on the Alps in the past 20 years, could spell the end of it as a winter holiday destination.
The late 1980's saw a 60 per cent reduction in the amount of snow that fell in the Swiss Alps, compared to that noted in the early 1980s.
And since then the snowfall level has failed to recover leaving snow lovers to contemplate finding another destination to enjoy their break.
Christoph Marty, from the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, told New Scientist magazine that the average number of snow days recorded over the last 20 winters is lower than at any time since records began 100 years ago.
Winter sport enthusiasts considering tacking the Alps should make sure they take out a winter sports travel insurance policy or a more specific ski insurance to cover them against any injury they may suffer on the slopes.
Recent comments from property specialist Investors in Property said that Austria is just as popular in the summer as it is in the winter for winter sports.