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Rising electricity prices could lead to Norwegian ski resort closures

Photo: Halvard Alvik/NTB

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High electricity prices and the risk of energy distribution could pose problems for many of Norway’s small and medium-sized ski resorts, writes the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.

In a letter sent to the prime minister, finance minister and culture minister last week, the industry association Norway’s Alpine Resorts and Mountain Destinations called for support measures from the state. The highest cost for alpine resorts is the production of artificial snow, which requires large amounts of electricity.

“In our region, at the expected prices, we are seeing electricity costs tenfold, perhaps more, for next winter,” Odd Stensrud told Dagens Næringsliv.

He is Vice Chairman of the Industry Association and General Manager of Alpinco, which owns and operates the Hafjell and Kvitfjell alpine resorts. Stensrud said that for Alpinco, electricity is his third-largest expense item, and the margins for running the ski resort are already small.

“Some resorts will close when electricity prices become real next winter,” he warned.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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