There will still be skiing on Petehovac! Of course, if there is snow. This is all thanks to the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County budget, more precisely to councilor Leo Pavela, who managed to get a financial aid of 55,000 kuna, thanks to which the cable car issue on Petehovac has been solved for this year and the next three or four years, reports Novi List.
In other words, this means that the Petehovac Mountaineering Center has all the necessary paperwork to operate the cable car, which is ready to get back into action. The snowmobile is also prepared, and all Petehovac needs is snow.
Petehovac Mountaineering Center workers are thrilled. Srećko Orešković and his son Bruno said:
“First of all, I sincerely thank the county councilor Pavela, but also everyone else in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County because, after our requests to many, they were the first to show great understanding and provide funds to pay for the cable car certification. For those who do not know what it is about, it should be said that this is a fundamental point without which there is no skiing. If we do not get the certificate, the cable car does not have a work permit. We would pay for that certificate ourselves if our laws were resolved properly. But the problem is that we have to pay for that certificate, even if not an inch of snow falls after that. That’s why we used to be at a loss before, so we didn’t even want to open the ski resort because it wasn’t certain there would be snow. Now it is possible, and all we are waiting for is snow. If there is no snow this winter, we believe it will be next when we will solve that certificate again with county help and prepare for the season that will begin already in December if there is snow. Moreover, since the certification of the cable car is valid for the whole calendar year, we will be able to organize summer skiing on grass, for which we received very high-quality equipment and for which we are sure that this summer will be a hit of Petehovac,” says Orešković.
Leo Pavela, councilor of the Kvarner and Gorski Kotar party, believes that this is only the first step in helping Gorski Kotar, especially from Primorje-Gorski Kotar County: “There are about 400 smaller ski resorts in Slovenia, whose work is regularly supported by the EU and the state, with as much as 60,000 euros for each ski resort.
This is normal for them, so they have highly developed winter tourism and numerous successes in winter sports. Gorski Kotar undoubtedly has all the conditions for the development of winter tourism. Still, they can’t do it alone, and the help of the county and the state so far has been too weak, not even close to that provided by the Slovenian state to its entrepreneurs. These were the reasons why I insisted on helping to pay the so-called in-depth analysis and attestation for the cable car on Petehovac, and I think that the County should direct part of the funds of its small toboggan development project to Petehovac, more precisely the funds intended for the purchase of the conveyor belt,” said Pavela.
Bruno Orešković used the opportunity to announce a significant investment of about 3 million euros in Camp Vrata Risnjak, which will be located at the entrance to NP Risnjak and offer the latest glamping and camping facilities:
“This is a location that will offer five-star services at the highest possible level. There will be 22 houses, two buildings, a wellness center, a sports center, a cinema, a restaurant, a shop, a tourist agency, an outdoor and indoor pool. We will provide funds with the help of the EU and very high-quality investors. The first works on the Risnjak Gate will begin this year if all goes well. Here, too, the County expressed its understanding by paying for the preparation of the necessary project documentation, and I hope that in the future, it will stand behind this project that will benefit the tourism of Gorski Kotar as a whole” said Oreskovic.
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