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INVESTIGATION – The stars of the white circus are witnessing the melting of glaciers and the scarcity of snow threatening their disciplines.

Adelboden’s giant slalom race, counting towards the World Cup, on January 12 in Switzerland.
Adelboden’s giant slalom race, counting towards the World Cup, on January 12 in Switzerland. Alain Grosclaude / ZOOM / PRESSE SPORTS / PRESSE SPORTS

Snow, real snow, finally! For the first time in the season, at the Antholz-Anterselva World Championships in Italy (February 13-23), biathletes will glide over natural snow. An exception in the calendar because, this winter, all the heats of the World Cup were disputed on an artificial carpet because of the lack of snow. About 400 kilometers away in Slovenia, the resort of Maribor, which was to host the giant and slalom heats of the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup this weekend, was not so lucky. The long-awaited flakes never fell and the prints were moved to the Kranjska Gora side.

These last-minute moves are nothing new for the grand barnum of the white circus, which has been able to adapt to the regular whims of milder winters. But, due to global warming, these cross-trips are more and more frequent. “The rain-snow limit has risen 200-300 meters in fifty years in the

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