The mild temperatures and strong storms at the beginning of the new year have made for green meadows. Ski slopes are closed, lifts are closed and athletes are switching from skis to hiking boots – for many tourists, the winter vacation at the start of the year has fallen through.
In the black forest, skiing enthusiasts only get their money’s worth at altitudes above 1000 meters. Only in the region around the feldberg there are still snow remnants. However, the strong wind is causing problems for winter sports enthusiasts there, says volker haselbacher from the upper black forest tourism and the lift association in freiburg. "There the spab holds itself in borders. In this weather, our guests prefer to go to the bathing paradise rather than to the slopes."All winter sports events planned for the coming days have been canceled.
In the northern black forest, only three cross-country ski trails are still groomed, "but they’re certainly no fun with the sticky snow," says wolfgang weiler of black forest tourism. But he is not giving up hope of snow: "last winter we had a great november and december – and in january it was over with the snow. Maybe this year it will be the other way round."