The official opening of Dolomiti Mountain Resort was held on Saturday November 24th., 2007. The Resort is located at Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City of Hebei Province, 226 kilometers northwest from Beijing. Leading government officials from Hebei Province attended the official opening of the new resort together with a delegation of South Tyroleans, who traveled all the way to China for the event. Governor Luis Durnwalder, regional ministers Hans Berger and Thomas Widmann and also the Mayor of Sterzing, Fritz Karl Messner were among them.
The ski area is the first in China to bear the “made in South Tyrol” label. The resort has been created by a partnership between the Italian Leitner ski lift company, the Marzola Group, the developer of Dolomiti Superski and the government of Hebei Province where the resort is located.
The colorful Chinese opening celebrations were preceded on the evening before by a formal reception, at which a friendship agreement was signed between the provincial authority of Bozen in Italy and the municipal authority of Zhangjiakou as the administrative center of the district in which Dolomiti Mountain Resort is located.
The official opening provided a fine opportunity to celebrate completion of the first stage of the development project comprising a detachable six-passenger chairlift with canopy chairs, five ski trails with over 280,000 square meters of slopes with snowmaking, a fun park, a beginner’s slope and a base lodge with a rental store, ski school and restaurant. The resort itself is designed on the model of successful ski areas in the Alps but it will also be an all-year destination. The next resort development phases involve the construction of six lifts and ropeways, 17 kilometers of trails with snowmaking throughout, hotels for 4,000 visitors, condos and holiday bungalows, a shopping center and various leisure facilities.
“Today we are celebrating a first and important step on the road to complete implementation of a project that will bring significant growth to the area in the years to come. We are committed to handling the project in co-operation with the local residents in line with the same motto that we observe in South Tyrol, "Good money with a good conscience!" That is a principle that we respect wherever we go, and we will observe it here in Chongli as an expression of our commitment to social responsibility” said Michael Seeber, CEO at Leitner, in his speech to more than a thousand visitors.
The Chinese government officials spoke of the importance of the project in developing a tourist industry in the region and for the regional economy as a whole.