Logroño, (EFE).- The Valdezcaray ski resort in La Rioja has started the season this Saturday with 800 skiers and more than a thousand visitors, its manager, Jorge Lladó, has informed EFE.
After the open day on Friday the 20th, in which “some 200 athletes were able to make a first contact with the facilities”, the season has officially started with four open slopes and 2.3 skiable kilometers, he added.
After a “so unusual” winter, due to the high temperatures recorded last December, Lladó recalled, “it has finally snowed this week and the station has been able to open even though there are only thicknesses of between 15 and 30 centimeters.”
Skiers have been encouraged to enjoy the snow and practice on the green slopes of La Cascada, Principiantes, El Camino and Salegares; In addition, they can use the lifts of La Cascada, Salegares, Valdezcaray and Principiantes.
According to the station manager, the weather forecasts are very good and a lot of snow is going to be made over the next week, so more slopes could be opened.
Thus, he has detailed that the weather forecasts give, for the next few days, very low temperatures and northerly winds, as well as some rainfall.
He has hoped to have a long season and that the Valdezcaray station can be used until April 10.
News of the season
Among the novelties of this season, he mentioned that a new access control with ski pass with RFID chip and intelligent opening turnstiles has been installed.
An information booth has also been installed at the lowest level to guide users regarding the purchase and telematic recharging of ski passes from the station’s website, “which avoids lines and waiting,” he highlighted.
A collection kiosk for virtual purchases and two screens with information on the situation of the slopes have been placed at this same point.
In addition, ramps have been placed to allow accessibility (with wheelchairs and baby carriages) from an elevation of 1,530 meters (the lowest) to an elevation of 1,620 meters (intermediate elevation) and two off-piste itineraries have been recovered They had been closed for years.
EFE La Rioja