Fresh snow has fallen on alpine glaciers above 3,000 meters over the past few days.
The currently closed (for skiing and boarding) glacier, the Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck in Austria, was the last to experience a summer snowstorm, following the Tyrolean Hintertux glacier last week.
Hintertux is one of five glaciers currently open for skiing and snowboarding in August, along with Le 2 Alps in France, Zermatt and Saas Fee in Switzerland and Passo Stelvio in Italy.
Snowfalls at these altitudes are not uncommon in any month of the year, but after hot June and July when much of the snow on the glaciers has melted, cooler temperatures and some fresh snow are good news for the continent's affected glaciers as well as those skiers and snowboarders who are lucky enough to be there.
In the past few weeks, two glacial ski areas in Tignes, as well as the Austrian ski center Molltal, have been temporarily closed due to loss of snow cover on the glaciers to ensure safe skiing and snowboarding. They hope to reopen in September.