Vogel ski resort planning EUR 8.5m investments

Vogel, 22 January - The ski resort of Vogel, located just above lake Bohinj, is planning EUR 8.5 million worth of investments next year, with EUR 6.4 million coming from EU funds. A new panoramic cable car will be built, as well as a bike park and an archaeological hiking trail.

Vogel ski slopes.
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Like many other ski resorts, Vogel applied last year to the Economy Ministry's call for applications designed to help ski resorts become year-round destinations, as a way to help operators offset increasingly poorer winter seasons.

The new cable car will replace a 40-year-old two-seater in the area called Zadnji Vogel. The new car will be more environmentally friendly, faster and more comfortable.

"Boasting beautiful views, the car will also be running in the summer. It will also be able to carry bikes," Aleksandra Fiorelli of the operator Žičnice Vogel told the STA.

The company also intends to build a bike park and a disc golf park, and expand the existing children's playground.

Moreover, an Alpine archaeological hiking trail will be set up, with digital information boards allowing visitors to experience how life used to be in the mountains.

The operator is planning several other investments to replace old ski lifts, but these will likely have to wait.

The summer and winter seasons at Vogel have already become equal both in terms of revenue and the number of passengers.

Last year both the winter and summer seasons were very good at Vogel and the operator is expecting this year to be similarly successful. After a short period during which Vogel faced a lack of snow in December, there is now nearly a metre and half of snow.

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