The Austrian Alps
Why: In ski-crazy Austria, global warming is delivering a particularly heavy blow as average temperatures have increased by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, according to a 2014 report by the Austrian Climate Change Assessment. Snow cover has greatly declined in the mid-altitude elevations. And a 20 percent increase in sunshine is shrinking glaciers like the Pasterze Glacier, which is losing 50 feet of ice per year. Roland Psenner of the University of Innsbruck’s Institute for Ecology says that if glaciers continue to melt at around three percent annually, most glaciers could disappear by 2037 — taking alpine skiing with it.
What to do: Pack your ski boots for the charming resort town of Innsbruck, two-time host of the Winter Olympics. At the new eco-friendly Nala Hotel, stay in the Alps-facing Bergisel room and enjoy easy access to the village center and the ski bus, which offers free rides to 155 miles of pistes in nine nearby ski areas, including Axamer Lizum and Stubai Glacier.
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