'Snow-farming': Italian Resort Hoarding Glacier Snow to Prepare Next Winter
The mountains in Europe are open for business. As countries reopen their borders, visitors are being welcomed back to the great outdoors and some have even been able to return to the slopes for skiing and snowboarding in the sunshine.
However, while some high-altitude resorts can reopen for summer snow sports others must use the warmer months to protect and prepare themselves for the upcoming winter.
The Presena glacier above Passo Tonale in Italy’s Trentino region has begun preparation for next ski season already, by covering its snow with giant sheets of tarpaulin – a process widely known as snow farming, used to protect glaciers and snow from the impact of global warming.