TRENT. “30 centimeters of natural snow has fallen and very cold temperatures are expected, the goal is to open on December 3”. To say it is Fulvio Rigotti, president of Trento Funiviewhile Paolo Prada, number one of the operators association of Monte Bondonehe adds: “There is demand, the market moves well between bookings for the Market and the snow, there is still some availability between Christmas and New Year’s but now the last minute is increasingly a dynamic used to book holidays”.
The programmed snowmaking has come into action in recent days and Trento Funivie expects to return to producing snow in the next few nights, the forecasts indicate optimal temperatures for using the cannons. “At the beginning of December there won’t be a 100% opening of the ski area – explains Rigotti – but we believe it is possible to have the slopes ready from Palon to Vanezein addition to the school camps“.
A theme considered crucial for the sustainability of the ski resort is that of artificial basin to be foreseen at the Vioteindispensable not only because last season there were only 5 snow days but also in light of the expensive energy and of Drought (Here article). “There is water to produce snow – highlights the president of Trento Funivie – but less than in previous seasons, a shortage of a third of the capacity”.
The capacity at Malga Mezavia is 60 thousand cubic metershowever, the coverage of the entire skiable area stands at 140 thousand cubic meters. “Today – continues Rigotti – we are authorized to pump from the aqueduct reserve from Sopramonte as far as Malga Mezavia and from there to Palon top. The withdrawal is 18 litres/second. The cost is very high and it is an energy inefficiency that currently weighs heavily on the budget. The basin at the Viote is strategic for many factors and we hope that this match can unblock itself”.
In short, Monte Bondone it does not give up. “By keeping it closed we lose more than the uncertainties related to bills, the lockdown due to Covid is ‘costly’ 1 million and 600 thousand euros“. And night skiing has also been confirmed. “The expense is negligible – continues Rigotti – around 60 euros per evening for more than 60,000 visits over the course of the season. The choice of the recent renewal of the lighting with very low consumption LED lights guarantee a safe and well-lit ski area, but also night skiing is a sustainable investment in the overall energy commitment (Article here)”.
Discounted courses and ski passes for residents but also investments to level the slopes with the dual objective of guaranteeing greater safety for skiers and requiring less need for programmed snow this season’s weapons (Article here). “Obviously we try to eliminate waste and there is confidence to complete a good winter – highlights Rigotti – the agencies are active, bookings are registering a ‘plus’ sign, even if at this moment we are not yet at pre-pandemic levels. The response on seasonal pre-sales is good and various discounts are foreseen”.CopyAMP code.
Faced with the uncertainties between expensive energy, the increase in raw materials and inflation, operators are ready for a season that should mark a further return to normality. “There is an excellent marketing campaign and there are requests – comments Prada – the foreign market it moves well, that one Italian it is satisfactory but it comes to terms with the trend of last minute bookings. There have been some adjustments to the price lists but we are a highly seasonal location, so the dynamics for now have only been touched upon”.
There is still confidence, but operators remain cautious. “There is some uncertainty about consumption but in general these last few years have been characterized by many unknowns. It is now impossible to plan, one must throw the heart over the obstacle” concludes Prada.