News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Bulgarian Government Will Legalise Illegal Ski Resort Construction (04-Jul-11)

The latest twist in a long running saga between....

The latest twist in a long running saga between Bulgarian ski resort developers, the Bulgarian
government, the EU and environmental campaigners has seen Bulgaria’s Minister of the
Environment saying she will take steps to legalise the expansion of Bansko ski resort on to national park land, rather than tell the resort it must remove the illegal construction.

Bansko has been one of the big success stories of European ski resort development of the past decade, but for most of that time environmental campaigners have sought to highlight that part of the expansion has taken place on national park land, supposedly protected from development and part of a UNESCO world heritage site.

At one time the EC threatened to take action against Bulgaria over the illegal development and UNESCO status was threatened with withdrawal. Polls of Bulgarians also found that most opposed the development which is many cases was carried out by foreign firms and fuelled by property investment from Western Europeans.

Over the years various Bulgarian ministers have made apparently contradictory and often
inconclusive announcements on the issue but the latest statement by the Environment Minister does say that Bansko built ski lifts and pistes illegally on 250 acres of national park / UNESCO World Heritage site land.

The environment ministry surprised journalists and environmental groups by saying there was nothing that could be done about the development and that asking Bansko to remove the lifts would upset the country’s Ministries of the Economy and of Sport and be against the national interest.

Instead she said the government would legislate to make the illegal development retrospectivly legal.

 
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