Pirin National Park, located in the southwest portion of Bulgaria, is a mountainous treasure that is unique amongst Europeans with its lack of ski lifts and public access. Environmentalists across Europe want to keep it that way despite the Bulgarian government’s approval of a plan to install new runs and chairlifts within the park’s boundary.
According to an article by Reuters, protestors took to the streets of Bulgaria’s capital of Sophia on Thursday evening to vent their frustration at the government’s decision. Those who gathered are concerned that future development would endanger the ecological balance that exists within the park’s boundary.
Supporters of the expansion say the expansion will be small, taking up only 2% of the park’s total acreage. They also say the tourism boost is needed in a country that’s seeking to shop its natural wonders to the rest of the world. The expansion would include a new lift in Pirin National Park that resort officials say is necessary to keep lift line wait times down while providing a world-class ski experience.
Find the entire Reuters article here: Bulgarians rally against ski area expansion in national park