Weather and snow quality ally with ski lovers for two days crammed stations | Baqueira Beret made history yesterday when passing, first, of the 20,000 practitioners in one day
Now. After a bridge Purisima low minimums for lack of snow and some Christmas parties truncated by bad weather is time skiing. For a couple of days supply in almost all stations in the Pyrenees has turned 180 degrees. At last the sun shines, the thicknesses are becoming more acceptable (a snow fall naturally later this year with the guns manufactured adds) and snow has excellent quality. And that has resulted in a flood of fans to the slopes, which this year have had to wait almost the end of the holiday season to enjoy these optimal conditions. Yesterday there were queues at the entrances and ticket offices in many stations (one of the longest was formed in access to Baqueira by culd) and most complex closed the day with the best balance of influx of so far this season . Baqueira passed, for example, twenty thousand of skiers. A record number of visits in one day at the station Val d’Aran, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
And the good news though arrives afternoon for business entrepreneurs snow is that the weather forecasts announce that this combination of sun and good snow conditions will be maintained until “Reyes”. The occupation, the closest ski hotels, round hundred percent this weekend and some days and hung the poster Full ago. The reserves in the finals of the New Year festivities have increased over the Christmas week, when the average occupancy in the Catalan Pyrenees was around eighty percent.
If the influx of skiers is maintained in the coming days on the slopes at the same rate as the last two days, the business will ski for Christmas saved after poor start to the season. What they will not recover these complexes are skiers lost the Purisima for lack of snow. The amateur start of the season is lost, changing plans due to lack of snow, usually no more days skiing after the weather seems to have allied with forecasts of reserves in the mountain hotel business. And the bigger audiences expected, as it has been, for this weekend. The Tourist Board of Lleida province expected to sell more than 220,000 passes, a figure always subject to weather conditions, which in the post-Christmas days were not all favorable. Nevertheless Baqueira Beret confident yesterday, according to forecasts by the spokesman of the season, Xavier Ubieira, moving from one hundred thousand visitors this holiday season. So long as the flow is maintained tracks in the coming days.
In the Cerdanya yesterday there was also avalanche of skiers to the slopes. Masella sold nine thousand passes, also record these festive days, as happened in Baqueira and most stations in the Pyrenees. Masella has been opened and all its facilities and the snow quality is also excellent on these slopes in the province of Girona. The drop in temperature at night allows stations to launch all cannons artificial snow.
Station Boi-Taüll in Alta Ribagorça, has also been increasing in the last two days the influx of skiers. This station, like those located on the southern side of the Pyrenees, lost much snow the last few days last year by strong gusts of wind, which forced the closure of several days the lifts of the highest levels. But now, eventually calm, have been recovered with artificial snow. Station High Ribagorça just passed into the hands of the Government, which has been the complex unable to cope with their owners to credit of over seven million euros signed with the Institut Català de Finances. The management of the complex will, however, in the hands of the former owners and in the coming seasons these are committed, with the help of the Government, to invest EUR 3.2 million in improvements and modernization of installations.
Lleida is the one with a higher offer ski and the thirteenth day of Christmas parties entrusted reach 250,000 overnight stays, according to forecasts of the Tourist Board of Lleida. Yesterday many of the hotels located on the slopes had already hung the sign completely, which will be repeated throughout the weekend. The inflow to the ski slopes increases with the visit of the owners of second homes, mostly occupied at this time.
The peaks of affluence as specific days cause more queues and jams are usual. For example, return to the hotels, residences and second homes from the different areas of Baqueira Beret is often very difficult these days as there are only two lane road must for the thousands of vehicles skiers. Yesterday some fans did know, on the other hand, their discomfort for the long wait to buy the pass at the box office only there in “PEULLA”, the first access to Baqueira from culd. Xavier Ubeira spokesman aranesa season, said he took note of these complaints and apologized for the wait of visitors, but remembered these agglomerations “occur only in very specific days and yesterday for this season a historic day with a record skiers, in one day, never reached “. Calm to ski again last weekend, as the “Kings” reserves are much more discreet than closed for the next two days.
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