Summer skiing on Europe's glaciers is severly limited at the moment after the exceptionally long period of high temperatures melted away a substantial part of the snow and ice cover and left exposed granite rock surfaces.
The Molltal glacier is now the third of seven Alpine glaciers -open for summer skiing- that has been forced to cease snowsports recently. The news from the Molltal follows the announcement last month from Austria's Dachstein glacier that it will no longer operate a terrain park due to climate change
The high temperatures that have hit central Europe over the past weeks have also taken their toll on Italy's glaciers, with a summer ski resort at the Stelvio Pass having to make the historic decision to suspend its activities due to worsening conditions at the Alpine glacier. However, it has since re-opened limited terrain following an unexpected break in the heat when glaciers received up to 35cm of fresh snow in mid-August.