Spain’s Vallter Ski Resort under avalanche risk

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THE Vallter 2000 Ski Resort in Girona, Spain, will remain closed due to the risk of a powerful avalanche.

The announcement was made by a spokesperson for the resort who stated that the closure was a preventative measure to ensure the safety of all those on the slope, where the sudden flow of snow posed great danger to users and staff. 

They also explained that the Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia (ICGC) carried out an inspection of the resort and indicted that “there was huge instability on the slopes”. They reaffirmed that they will continue working on measures to reduce the risk of an avalanche risk, including conditioning tracks and facilities in the Bac and Clot areas.

The ski resort of La Molina in Cerdanya was closed after Storm Gloria caused signifiant snow to accumulate on the mountains. However, it did reopen on Thursday, January 24, but has closed again due to suffering a power outage. La Molina states that they will now take legal action against Fecsa-Endesa for the shortage of electricity due to the company running a scheduled outage which was not communicated with the resort. 

For those with a love of the snow, it is possible to ski or snowboard at the resorts of Fontcanaleta, Trampoli, Pista Llarga and J. Cruyff – all of which remain open.

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