Europe could soon see its warmest summer in years

With May coming to an end and so many Americans vacationing, the temperature might be quite low at the beginning of June. That’s when some of Europe’s ski slopes prepare to reopen after harsh…

Europe could soon see its warmest summer in years


With May coming to an end and so many Americans vacationing, the temperature might be quite low at the beginning of June. That’s when some of Europe’s ski slopes prepare to reopen after harsh winters.

In Germany, there’s hope that the renewed interest will help the nation’s economy, which has been affected by the eurozone crisis.

“We’re heading into a season that’s going to be very emotional for me and for my staff,” Joschka Fischer, executive president of the local ski association Bad Kissingen, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Germany’s resorts employ 25,000 people, as tens of thousands of Germans take to the slopes every year on vacation.

Also in Germany, the number of five-star hotels in Baden-Württemberg is up sharply. Until the economic crisis struck, good economies were underpinning the construction boom in the west German region.

But last year’s downturn worsened the construction problem, forcing builders to trim their activities even more. Now, the increase in posh hotels looks like it will continue.

In Austria, the Saint. Georg Resort in Salzburg has just undergone a seven-million-euro ($9.8 million) renovation and expects to be back in action soon. That resort already reported a 10 percent rise in occupancy last season and is optimistic.

For the rest of the world, most of Europe’s best resorts will be shut down for months. But there are some places of choice to stick around for.

“Liesberg,” just southeast of Munich, and some high-altitude resorts in Italy could have warm evenings, as well as a high risk of snow, according to one British report.

“To ignore northern Europe when booking a holiday is unthinkable,” said one European tourism expert in Spain. “Still, coming back after a five-month break is no easy task.”

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