A symposium was held by the Alliance in the Alps in Bad Hindelang, Germany, on 23rd and 24th October. The conference called “Snow guaranteed? Absolutely not. Perspectives for winter tourism in the Alps.” was dedicated to developing strategies to cope with the impacts of climate change on winter tourism. The topic of discussion was the need to establish long-term alternatives to cope with the changes in the winter season due to climate change. The conference explored various existing tourism alternatives to skiing, including other outdoor activities as well as cultural offerings. The conference also discussed creative solutions in sustainability and resilience, such as alternative offers for tourists, good Alpine food, and transportation solutions including bicycles and urban cable cars.
The conference was organized in connection to the Interreg Alpine Space project Beyond Snow, which aims to help winter tourism destinations become less dependent on snow, thus increasing their resilience to climate change. Project partners from Slovenia joined engaging discussions with Alpine stakeholders through which valuable insights were gathered and the possibility to use the available tools and knowledge to collect local data to take better decisions was discussed.