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Popular ski resort on Lake Como wants to reopen – but resistance is forming

2023-11-28T19:39:39.961Z

Highlights: Popular ski resort on Lake Como wants to reopen – but resistance is forming. The town of Bellagio wants to revive the old pride of the mountain and build a new ski resort. The project will cost the region around five million euros. But not everyone agrees with the ambitious plans: there was a hail of criticism, especially from environmental and sports organizations. In some scenarios, ski resorts in Germany are also threatened with extinction. An extremely expensive project in Austria has also come under criticism.



Status: 28.11.2023, 20:30 PM

By: Robin Dittrich

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A new ski resort on Monte San Primo is expected to cost around five million euros. Environmentalists are anything but enthusiastic about the project and oppose it.

Bellagio – Around 50 years ago, the ski resort on Monte San Primo was extremely popular with residents and tourists alike. But the area has been closed to winter sports for a decade, and that's about to change – that's what the plans look like.

Formerly popular ski resort to be reopened – for five million euros

Winter sports are still very important in Italy today. However, no longer on Monte San Primo in the Italian town of Bellagio. Over the years, less and less snow has remained on the mountain. The reason for this was the rising temperatures and the lower snowfall, which made the mountain "naked". The town of Bellagio wants to revive the old pride of the mountain and build a new ski resort.

The ski resort on Monte San Primo is to be rebuilt after almost half a century. The cost of the extensive construction project: around five million euros. © Pond5 Images/Imago

As CNN reports, it was already clear last year that the city would be supported by the national and regional governments in financing the project. In order to attract tourists, artificial snowmaking, a large parking lot, toboggan runs and new lifts are to be built. The project will cost the region around five million euros.

But not everyone agrees with the ambitious plans: there was a hail of criticism, especially from environmental and sports organizations. In some scenarios, ski resorts in Germany are also threatened with extinction.

New ski resort on Monte San Primo – Resistance to plans

As CNN writes, 33 groups are working together to stop the project. Under the name "Let's save Monte Primo", the World Wildlife Fund and the Italian Alpine Club, among others, joined forces. For the consortium, the five million euros can be put into more meaningful projects to attract more tourists again, said Roberto Fumagalli, a spokesman for the group.

He demanded that the leaders of the business association should consult with the project managers before the construction project is started: "We don't want to wait until we protest against the bulldozers. It would be more productive to sit down now." Fumagalli's group would prefer an expansion of the hiking trails to an artificial ski area.

In their endeavor, the group even wrote Hollywood star George Clooney, who regularly lives on Lake Como. "He didn't respond, but we hope he will," said Roberto Fumagalli. An extremely expensive project in Austria has also come under criticism. (rodi)

Source: merkur

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