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Tatry Mountain Resorts bought the Austrian ski resorts of Mölltal and Ankogel
The Tatry Mountain Resorts, a.s. (TMR) company has expanded its portfolio of mountain resorts. The announced intension to take over the Austrian resorts has been fulfilled by acquiring the Mölltal resort in Carinthia.
The Tatry Mountain Resorts a.s. company has bought a 100% share in the Mölltaler Gletscherbahnen Gesellschaft mbH & CO KG company, which owns and operates the glacier ski resort of Mölltaler Gletscher and its affiliated resort of Ankogel – Mallnitz. Based on a cooperation agreement between both companies, TMR began to sell ski passes to both resorts via the GOPASS online channel in the previous winter season and became their owner one year later.
“Mölltal is one of 8 Austrian glaciers which offer skiing conditions 10 months per year. Our cooperation enabled us to take a deeper look how the resort works and to test its possibilities. The experience showed that the glacier will fit perfectly to the puzzle of our company,” said Bohuš Hlavatý, the TMR CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“We have found a strong partner to help us develop our resorts further and guarantee constant quality improvement of offered services. For us, TMR is the leader in this segment in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Heinz Schultz, the executive director of Mölltaler Gletscherbahnen Gesellschaft mbH & CO KG when signing the purchase contract.
As far as TMR is concerned, the glacier acquisition represents a strategic decision. “It is very important for us to expand the offer for clients so that they can enjoy top-quality skiing adventures much earlier than at other resorts operated by TMR, or long after the season in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland ends. This means that besides relaxing in water parks, on golf courses and in an amusement park, our clients will have a great chance to enjoy active relaxation all year round,” explained Andrej Árendáš, the Chief Commercial Officer at TMR.
The first steps of the TMR company in the Mölltal resort will be focused on setting standards in the field of gastronomy and other services. “In the course of next 1-3 years, we would like to replace the original cable car with a new one in order to eliminate negative impacts of weather. We also plan to use our know-how to deal with other weaknesses that we identified in the resort in winter. As Mölltal offers top-level ski training conditions, we would like to concentrate on ski clubs and professional sportsmen,” added Mr. Árendáš.
The GOPASS programme, whose benefits were already used during the previous season, will play a significant role in the whole acquisition process. That´s why more programme features are going to be added in the field of gastronomy and shops this year.
The ski resort of Mölltaler Gletscher in the only glacial region of Carinthia offers ski pistes of all difficulty levels, from the easiest ones meant for beginners to difficult slopes that are ideal for top-class sportsmen and freeride terrain tailored for experienced riders. The season lasts from mid June to May of the following year, the snow cover can reach up to 450cm in high season. The Ice Palace panoramic restaurant guarantees breathtaking views of 28 peaks from the altitude of 2,800 metres.
The ski resort of Ankogel Mallnitz (20 km from Mölltaler Gletscher) is located in the national park of Hohe Tauern between Carinthia and Salzburg, and fits perfectly to the skiing offer in the region thanks to perfect terrain conditions mainly above the upper forest line. Both resorts use combined ski passes.