As a result of extremely warm temperatures in Italy's mountainous regions, authorities have cancelled summer skiing in the resort of Stelvio Pass, near the Swiss border. The glacier where the sport normally takes place is fast disappearing.
The family of Karl-Erivan Haub, the missing German retail magnate, now believes there is no chance he is still alive. His firm, Tengelmann, said the search was now focused on recovering his body.
One of the richest men in Germany, Karl-Erivan Haub, has been in charge of the Tengelmann retail group since 2000. The avid alpine skier was reported missing after going on an expedition near the Swiss-Italian border.
Police in France say at least four people have died in an avalanche in the southern Alps near the border with Italy. A rescue operation is underway for another person believed to be missing.
Snow comes later, melts earlier, and is not nearly as deep as it was 30 years ago. EU scientists are racing to help winter tourism regions adapt to climate change — but is manmade snow the answer?
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