Olperer (3476 m / 11,404 ft) overlooks the Hintertux Glacier on a windy day in late January. According to Wikipedia, the glacier...

Winter on Hintertux Glacier

Hintertux, Austria | 2024

Olperer (3476 m / 11,404 ft) overlooks the Hintertux Glacier on a windy day in late January. According to Wikipedia, the glacier is up to 120 meters (390 ft) thick at its deepest, though this will undoubtedly shrink in the coming years as the glaciers in the Alps melt away.

During the winter, snowcats plow these series of large berms over wide expanses of the glacier between the ski pistes; I surmise that the purpose is to act as wind fences to catch as much snow as possible to boost the snowpack and prolong the life of the glacier. Indeed, in just a week or so I've seen these berms fill up with windblown snow (for instance, see the mostly buried berms on the far right side of the photo). Further evidence of care for this glacier is visible in Google Earth, where you can see that in the summertime large sections of the glacier are wrapped in white coverings to shield them from the sun. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.