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On the Slovakian side of the Tatra Mountains, many new cable cars, chair lifts and ski slopes are being built. Slovaks are investing large sums of money to modernize and develop their winter sports infrastructure. The overall cost of the modernization of the ski resorts amounts to 50 mln Euro.

In the coming season the biggest investments will be in Tatrzanska Lomnica ski resort in the High Tatras, which will include the creation of new ski slopes at a total length of 5 km, a new chair lift and a modern system of artificial snowing. The location of Tatrzanska Lomnica ski resort guarantees good conditions for skiing about 160 days per year.



Tatrzanska Lomnica is just a beginning of the investments planned by the Slovakian authorities. Owing to the Slovakian government's consent, winter sports infrastructure in the Tatra Mountains is going to be expanded. New investments have already been launched close to Lake Szczyrbski, Zdziar, Stary Smokowiec and Spalona Dolina.

Slovaks believe that the developed and modernized ski facilities will attract fans of winter sports from Poland, since the Slovakian resorts are located only a few dozen kilometers from Zakopane.

In the Polish part of the Tatra Mountains the situation is different. The authorties of the Tatrzanski National Park will not allow the ski infrastructure to expand, because, as they claim, it would have a negative impact on the alpine nature.

Since the existing ski facilities in Zakopane are not sufficient during the winter season, the local authorities regret that they cannot develop the ski infrastructure on a larger scale, like in Slovakia.

The solution would be to set up a cooperation between Zakopane and the Slovakian ski resorts, where the Slovakian side could offer well developed winter sports infrastructure, while Zakopane - the Podhale region atmosphere and its unique local folklore, which arrtacts not only winter sports lovers!

11-11-2008

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