Expansion of Spanish ski resort Baqueira-Beret sparks controversy

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Baqueira-Beret ski station

The Spanish Supreme Court has recently approved the expansion of the Baqueira-Beret ski resort, located in the Vall d’Aran in Lleida, into the Pallars Sobirà region. This decision has generated significant debate, as it could have far-reaching consequences for both the local residents and the environment.

The proposed location for the new ski lift, near the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, has raised concerns among many. Environmental organizations like Ipcena are worried that the construction may harm the park and potentially pollute the surrounding natural area. The impact on the La Bonaigua river and its wildlife, such as otters, is of particular concern.

Conflict between nature and development plans

Previously, there were plans for extensive construction in the villages of Sorpe and Boren, in the Vall d’Àrreu region of Sobirà. However, environmental groups opposed these plans, and ultimately, the European Commission designated these areas as protected natural spaces. Now, a new battle is underway regarding what activities are permitted in the areas surrounding the national park.

What lies ahead?

With the new ski lift and accompanying amenities like restaurants, concerns about pollution have emerged. There is apprehension that contaminated water could find its way into the La Bonaigua river. These plans have ignited heated discussions and worries about preserving the environment.

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The future of the region and the ski resort

Environmental activists emphasize that the natural beauty and ecosystem of the area take precedence over the business interests of ski tourism. They advocate for a form of tourism that respects and preserves the environment. The legal battle is likely to escalate to the European level. Despite all the debates and environmental concerns, the Baqueira-Beret ski resort has plans for further expansion. What they decide to do in the future will have a significant impact on the local community and the environment in the region.

Baqueira-Beret ski resort in Spain

Baqueira-Beret, situated in the Vall d’Aran region of Lleida, is one of Spain’s most prestigious ski resorts. With its extensive facilities and diverse slopes, it is a favorite destination for winter sports enthusiasts. The area is renowned for its exceptional snow quality and challenging slopes. Skiers have access to over 160 kilometers of pistes and an impressive number of more than 30 ski lifts.

Baqueira-Beret attracts skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The resort is also popular among celebrities and royal guests, with even the Spanish royal family frequently visiting this ski destination. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, the ski resort offers opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and a lively après-ski scene.

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