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Joe Thursday, 24 January 2013

The yellow egg at Boè for young and not so young skiers

There are 72 million skiers in the world with an average age of 42. We know that people get older but what should trouble us more is if the generations to come will want to ski! To keep the sport young and trendy and of appeal to the young is the task facing Andy Varallo, director of the Corvara ski carousel and vice president of the lift consortium in Alta Badia and for Dolomiti Superski also.
The yellow egg at Boè for young and not so young skiers
Vice president Varallo, may we ask you what is special about the new lift?
Greater cabin comfort, faster ascent, and greater capacity – now 3,000 and hour as opposed to the previous 2,400.

How much energy does the new lift system take up and what has happened to the old lift?
The technical capacity and general speed have increased. In winter 8 megawatt and hour will be used but 5 of these will be compensated for by other lifts installed outside of the province. The old lift has been sold to the ski company Brembo and will be used elsewhere.

What is the definition of quality for a skier?
Extensive ski area, well prepared slopes, not over busy slopes, little queuing at the lifts, god quality food, and a village centre full of service offer.

And the fact of not having to remove your skis all day is an element of quality?
Cablecar type lifts are the quickest way to get up to the mountain top, whilst once ‘up top’ chairlifts are much appreciated in a quality context.

The Antermoia lift down near the valley is thought to be at risk. Will it be saved?
Its continued use is important for ski schools and generally for learning how to ski and as such it is essential it remains.

And why yellow? Why are the Boè lifts coloured yellow (and not white or green)?
Yellow is distinctive but does not cause offence and it recalls and autumnal warmth – and it goes well with white too !

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