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Italy’s Presena Glacier cover up

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Too little too late? Environmentalists covered up 295,275 square feet of the Presena Glacier this summer in Italy in a bid to slowdown the melting.

Having lost 40% of its mass in the decade leading up to 2003 due to global warming, environmental authorities at the Presena Glacier above Passo Tonale attempted to cover the glaciar’s surface with an insulating and reflective ‘blanket’ this summer in a effort to slow the rate of melting. Continue reading ‘Italy’s Presena Glacier cover up’

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Grainau ski resort

Tourist Office

Kurverwaltung Grainau
Parkweg 8
D 82491

Telephone: (8821) 981850
Email: info@grainau.de
Website: www.grainau.de


A short distance from Garmisch – Partenkirchen, the cable-car from just outside Grainau reaches the peak of the Zugspitze and accesses the glacier skiing beyond.


Grainau, Werdenfelserland, Bavarian Alps, Germany, Alpspitze, Zugspitze, Happy Ski Card

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German Alps look forward to epic ski season

The renowned Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski area in Bavaria.

It’s going to one heck of a winter in Germany’s alpine ski region of Upper Bavaria.

In addition to being one of Europe’s up and coming ski destinations, Bavaria’s ski areas will host a plethora of major competitions this upcoming season, giving tourists many excuses to visit the historic region.

The 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in Bavaria’s famous Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski area from February 7th till February 20th. Garmisch-Partenkirchen last hosted the World Championships in 1978. It also hosted the first Olympic alpine skiing competition at the 1936 Winter Olympics.

Garmish has invested heavily in preparing for the World Championships, including the creation of a second downhill slope to compliment the famous Kandahar downhill, and the addition of several new cable cars and chair lift.

According to the mayor of the town of Garmish, Thomas Schmid, the ski resort has invested about 60 million Euros ($80m) for the event, and another 42 million Euros ($57m) has been spent to speed up the train from Munich to Garmish for 2011. The train is well-known because skiers can take the train from Munich with their skis on, because it stops 200m from the bottom of the ski hill. The train ride takes about an hour and a half.

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Bringing igloo villages to the Alps


Igloo villages are a big tourist attraction.

Iglu Villages have opened for the winter at seven Alpine locations, each requiring 3000 tonnes of snow to provide their storm-proof lodging.

In addition to Gstaad, Davos-Klosters, Zermatt, Engelberg, the Zugspitze and Grandvalira in Andorra, an Igloo Village will also be offered for the first time in St. Moritz.

The new St. Moritz igloo village has been created at a stunning location next to the top station Muottas Muragl, offering a view over the Upper Engadine lakes. Two large igloos, decorated with artistic ice sculptures, provide guests with the perfect setting to while away the hours in cosy surroundings – whether as a place to stop during a winter hike, for some reinforcements before tobogganing down the slopes or for a gourmet evening by candlelight.

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