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Tignes is one of only a handful of French resorts still open for summer skiing. Chamonix is no longer among them.
Diccon Bewes' excellent Slow Train to Switzerland provides us with a then-and-now account of the retreat of the ice at Montveners in Chamonix. He quotes John Murray, in his 1861 hand-book for travellers in Switzerland and the Alps of Savoy and Piedmont:
The view of this enormous sea of ice is one of the most
striking scenes of wonder, but its great extent....is not appreciated at first.
Not any more, says Bewes:
And a quick Google search provides more evidence of how it has retreated since its heyday.
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