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At the northern edge of the Alps, ski runs near the foot of Germany’s highest mountain snake down the greenish-brown slopes in narrow white ribbons of artificial snow.

Like other resorts at relatively low altitude, global warming has left its mark on Garmisch-Partenkirchen — the site of the 1936 Winter Olympics — putting the town’s identity and affluence at risk. It’s January, and there’s so little natural snow that anxiety is building over whether upcoming ski races can go ahead.

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