Kvarner newsletter / no 26

Platak ski area
Big plans for the future

With new investments scheduled for the next five years, the Platak ski area should soon be upgraded to international standard. New facilities for athletes and visitors will function all year round.

Platak, a popular ski area in the vicinity of the town of Rijeka, will soon experience a renaissance. The authorities of the County of Primorje-Gorski kotar have recently adopted the new spatial plan for this area. According to the plan, in the next ten years approximately 40 million euros will be invested in new sports and accommodation facilities. In the first developmental phase over the next five years, Platak ski area should be upgraded to a higher standard to meet the international criteria. However, the plan refers not only to winter, but to year-round tourism and sports.

The investments will include improvements of the access roads, construction of a water supply system, renewal of the existing Platak Alpine Hut and its conversion into a hotel with 130 beds. All existing ski lifts will be replaced, and several new slopes will be opened. All these facilities will be available throughout the year – in winter for skiing, and in other parts of the year for recreation, excursions, horse riding etc.

Platak has five slopes with a total length of ca. eight kilometres. The existing four ski lifts have a capacity of ca. 2,500 persons per hour. This should be now increased to ca. 10,000 skiers per hour, which should reduce waiting periods to a minimum. Let us mention that Platak, apart from slopes for Alpine skiing, also has a 10-km-long cross-country ski run.

Once the plan is put into practice, the Platak ski area will become a major ski centre in Croatia. At the moment, Croatia's largest and most famous national ski centre is on Mount Sljeme above Zagreb, which hosts FIS World Cup male and female slalom races. In the future, Platak might be the venue for such events too: already this March, Platak will for the first time play host for a major European Cup ski race with many renowned international male slalom skiers, and in 2011, the race will also include best international female slalom skiers.

It is worth mentioning what makes Platak such unique – this is the only ski area in Europe where you can see the sea from its top (the distance between Platak and Rijeka is only 18 kilometres), which makes skiing and staying on Platak a very special experience.