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3 January 2023 / BBC News / Imogen Foulkes

Snow shortage threatens Alps with wet winter season

Adelboden, Bern, Switzerland

The word for it here is Schneemangel or snow shortage. There's a phrase for when the snow is plentiful too - das weisse Gold - white gold. It's a reflection of how many alpine communities depend on winter sports for their livelihoods. World Cup skiers will race on artificial snow this Saturday as the Alps see record high temperatures.

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