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Dolomiti Mountain Resort Opens in China

September 2nd, 2008

The official opening of Dolomiti Mountain Resort in the Chinese province of Hebei, 218 kilometers north of Beijing was taken place.

The ski area near Chongli is the first in China to bear the “made in South Tyrol” label. The resort has been created by a partnership between the Italian Leitner ski lift company, the Marzola brothers (the sons of Gianni Marzola, founder of the world-famous Dolomiti Superski ski area) and the government of Hebei Province where the resort is located.

The colorful Chinese opening celebrations were preceded on the evening before by a formal reception, at which a friendship agreement was signed between the provincial authority of Bozen in Italy and the municipal authority of Zhangjiakou as the administrative center of the district in which Dolomiti Mountain Resort is located.

The official opening provided a fine opportunity to celebrate completion of the first stage of the development project which comprises a detachable six-passenger high-speed chairlift with wind-protection cover, five ski trails with over 280,000 square meters of slopes complete with snowmaking, a fun park, a beginner’s slope and a base lodge with a rental store, ski school and restaurant.

The next resort development phases involve the construction of six more lifts, 17 kilometers (11 miles) of trails with snowmaking throughout, hotels for 4,000 visitors, condos and holiday bungalows, a shopping center and various leisure facilities.

“Today we are celebrating a first and important step on the road to complete implementation of a project that will bring significant growth to the area in the years to come. We are committed to handling the project in co-operation with the local residents in line with the same motto that we observe in South Tyrol, “Good money with a good conscience!” That is a principle that we respect wherever we go, and we will observe it here in Chongli as an expression of our commitment to social responsibility,” said Michael Seeber, CEO at LEITNER, in his speech to more than a thousand visitors.

The Chinese government officials spoke of the importance of the project in developing a tourist industry in the region and for the regional economy as a whole.
Courtesy of and © Snow24 plc

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