Ski slopes prepare to open in Latvia

Latvian ski slopes are taking advantage of the snow and preparing to open for business, Latvian Television reported December 1.

In the popular Žagarkalns hill near Cēsis, snow blowing has been ongoing for two days. In some places, a half-meter-thick layer of snow has accumulated.

“As soon as the snow falls in Latvia, especially in Rīga, everyone has a desire to go skiing. Let's look forward to a good season,” said Māris Zvīnis, director of the ski center Žagarkalns.

This year, everyone who is going downhill skiing must count on the fact that it will have become more expensive. Ticket prices have increased due to rising electricity prices.

“All [ski] slopes have raised prices. Snow production is becoming more expensive and snow will soon be in the price of gold. The price of fuel and electricity is why there is a rise in prices,” said Vadims Kameņevs representative of the Association of Professional Ski Trails of Latvia.

All ski slopes will operate in the “green mode” to ensure the gathering restrictions in place in the country. Skiers will have to register in the electronic system of each track and reserve a specific time and lift ticket.

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