The Alps is located in south-central Europe, covering northern Italy, southeastern France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, southern Germany and Slovenia. It is known for various types of glacial landforms and beautiful natural sceneries. However, due to global warming, the picture is changing rapidly. Ever frozen soil is is evaporating that makes the rock bed more unstable and easily to slump, meanwhile more earthquakes happen and many traces are now considered too dangerous for tourists to walk. According to Vincent Neirinck serving at Mountain Wilderness, an organization dedicating to preserve global mountain environments, climate change is imposing devastating and evident consequences on mountains. The glacier surface in the Alps is shrinking obviously to almost a half and the process of melting is accelerating.
These deterioration of environment not affect not only the beauty of the Alps, but also the economy of the Alps, especially the ski resorts. People are seeking to produce artificial snow in order to keep profit, but even with artificial snow, there is no substitute for real snow, either in terms of touch, vision, or quality. Nor can it replace the illusion of real snow. Also, given that Alps is an important spot for modern mountaineering and alpine mountaineering, professionals are finding ways to explore new trails and struggling to tackle with the new environments to ensure that climbing can continue. However, because of the unstable situation, certain programs have been cut off and even during the contest, mountaineers are required to adjust to the new circumstance.