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New ski lift for Icelandic resort

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Iceland Monitor is reporting that Sauðárkrókur ski resort, in northern Iceland, is opening a new ski lift in time for the upcoming winter season.

The new lift is 1054-m (3458-ft) long and will take visitors to the top of Tindastóll mountain, enlarging the ski area substantially from its current 115 hectares.

At present Sauðárkrókur has 5 ski slopes, totalling 8 km in length.

Viggó Jónsson, CEO of the Tindastóll Ski Division, said that all the towers have been raised and all that remains is for the end terminal to be completed.

Jónsson said: “So, this is all in full swing. This is an incredibly interesting project. Once the new lift is in place, you will be able to ski 3 km downhill, from the top of the new lift to the bottom of the older one. If you, then, choose to ski all the way down to the road, that makes a total of 7 km.”

At a meeting of the Association of Local Authorities in Northwest Iceland last month, a provisional decision was made to contribute a grant of ISK 10 million (US$94 000) to the project; this must be formally confirmed at the autumn meeting of the association. The total cost of the project is ISK 12 million.

Jónsson added that he expects Sauðárkrókur to open at the beginning of December.

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