The new Emile Allais and Veleta II chairlifts, the largest investment in renovation of ski lifts in the recent history of the Sierra Nevada ski resort with 21 million euros, have reached 65 percent of the execution of the work this week.
This was announced today by the Minister of Development, Articulation of the Territory and Housing and president of Cetursa Sierra Nevada, Marifrán Carazo, during the visit (together with the members of the board of directors of the company that manages the ski resort and a group of entrepreneurs from Sierra Nevada) to the works that, co-financed by React EU funds, are being developed in Borreguiles.
“The works are going as planned, so in this coming season you will be able to enjoy two new ski lifts and a completely reorganized area for beginners such as Borreguiles. These works are a major challenge because you can only work in the summer months and part of the fall.
All in all, I trust in the coordination that Cetursa Sierra Nevada is exerting on the companies that work on the ground, whom I thank for their great effort.
The Junta de Andalucía has carried out the greatest action in Sierra Nevada since the 1990s and will continue to invest in the resort to make it a reference resort in Spain and Europe”.
Likewise, the president of Cetursa has indicated that the premiere of two new ski lifts are joined by other actions to improve and promote the ski resort, such as the works to improve accesses, the reform of the sewage treatment plant or the celebration of the World Cup Snowboard Cross in March 2023.
For his part, the Director and CEO of Cetursa, Jesús Ibáñez, has stated that the Sierra Nevada ski resort is experiencing in recent years
"a second modernization in all the services it provides, seeking the best and most sustainable alternatives, as well as energy efficiency in the new facilities, from the ski lifts to the snow produced".
The works to replace the two old fixed clamp chairlifts with two new detachable ones, with 13 fewer bollards and six-people chairs , will also lead to a reorganization of the Borreguiles ski area, and particularly of the beginner slopes, making it more agile connections with other areas and ski lifts in Sierra Nevada.
The installation of the Emile Allais chairlift is the most advanced, with its six pylons, rocker arms, pulleys and cable in place, and the interior structure of the departure and arrival buildings, almost completed. The line is being electrified these days, after which the work to cover and close the lower and upper buildings will be tackled.
For its part, the Veleta II has already installed the mechanical structures of its lower and upper resorts. During this week, its nine bollards will be collated. This lift will be the one that offers the most changes compared to the current one, since it shortens its route by raising the lower resort 455 meters higher.
This amendment will make it possible to decongest the lower area and distribute users to the green slopes of La Perdiz, Amapola or Piñatas, suitable for beginners and less used than those for beginners located further down. They can also be used by expert skiers to reach the base of the Zayas ski lift or access the Laguna de las Yeguas through the Laguna pass.
After the works visit, Cetursa Sierra Nevada held a board of directors in which, after the new directors took office, the annual accounts were approved, the balance of the summer season was presented, as well as a report on the follow-up of investments in the Granada ski resort.