Climate Change Shuts Down Another Glacier-Based Terrain Park

Climate Change Shuts Down Another Glacier-Based Terrain Park

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Climate Change Shuts Down Another Glacier-Based Terrain Park

An iconic for freestyle will cease to be in 2018 | Photo: Dachstein Superpark Facebook Page

During the summer months, Austria is one of the northern Hemisphere’s most popular places to ski or snowboard thanks to their plentiful alpine glaciers. That claim to fame might soon become a thing of the past.

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In a recently published release, officials with Dachstein Superpark indicated that they will no longer be able to host their massive park features due to glacial retreat attributed to climate change. The news follows Whistler-based Camp Of Champions closing its doors after almost 30 some years on the Horstman Glacier.

The Dachstein Superpark previously served as one of the most pivotal places for European skiers and riders looking to master new tricks during the summer months.

Dachstein Superpark Full Statement

In the last weeks there have been repeated rumors about the future of the Superpark Dachstein. Please notice the official statement of the park´s operator, the Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen:

“After many great years of Superpark on the Dachstein glacier, we’ve heavy-heartedly decided that we will not rebuild Dachstein Superpark in the upcoming fall. One important reason is the increasing glacial retreat in the park area. It is definitely unjustifiable that we were already forced to damage the glacial ice sheet during the build-up. It’s the dictate of the moment to preserve the glacial substance. We ask you to understand the justified criticism of environmentalists. We most cordially thank all our loyal guests. Needless to say, we will again put all our force and dedication into Superpark Planai.

The regular ski operation will start in fall with the first onset of winter. The same holds true for the cross-country ski trail.”

 

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