Due to global warming, more and more ski centers are facing a problem. Recently, another ski resort in the French Alps was closed. According to the scientific journal “Natural Climate Change”, it is estimated that 53% of the 2,234 ski centers in Europe will face a similar problem. While cable cars are being dismantled in France, Montenegro has invested around EUR 150 million in three ski centers in recent years.
Many ski resorts in Europe are shutting down due to increasingly warmer winters. However, investments in this type of winter tourist offer do not stop in Montenegro. The state does not save. Tens and hundreds of millions have already been spent, and so far only one ski center has been completed.
The director of the Ski Resort of Montenegro, Đuro Milošević, says that about a hundred million euros were invested in Kolašin, without the accompanying infrastructure and the road connecting it to the regional road.
– So far, 21 million have been invested in Žarska, but the road has not yet been completed there, the issue of electricity, base stations, property and legal relations have not been resolved, and for Cmiljača, cable cars and trails have been built and around 22 million have been invested – says Milošević.
The justification of investing in ski centers should not be questioned, say the ski resort in Kolašin. Since the opening of the ski resort, there have been about 100 ski days on average, which they add is more than enough to be profitable.
Director of Ski Center Kolašin 1600, Bojan Medenica, says that Kolašin lives off the ski center in the winter.
– We had a situation last year when the snow was late and around 50% of reservations in hotels and private accommodation were cancelled. As for the previous two seasons, we earned about one million euros and I’m sure that Kolašin 1600 has a bright future, because year after year we record better results – says Medenica.