The Langenbruck ski area in Basel is only allowed to operate the lower of its two ski lifts due to the Corona. Because the upper one is in a different canton.
If snow falls in Langenbruck BL on New Year’s Eve, only the lower ski slopes can be used on New Year’s Eve. The canton of Solothurn has decided to close the ski areas due to Corona on December 27, 2020.
Langenbruck is the remotest municipality in the Upper Basel area on the border with the canton of Solothurn. While the lower ski lift is still on the floor of the municipality, the upper lift is already in the municipality of Holderbank in the canton of Solothurn. As SRF reports, this now leads to the situation that only one of the two lifts can be operated due to the different corona measures in the cantons of Basel-Landschaft and Solothurn.
“ You can only say: Got it!”, Says lift operator Peter Hammer when asked for 20 minutes. However, he could not understand the regulation. “ Epidemiologically, the two cantons interpret the situation very differently,” says Hammer. The Solothurn authorities are concerned not to overload the hospitals. “Does that mean there are enough beds in the Basel area?” He asks himself.
90 percent of the guests from the Basel area
Accidents are extremely rare on its slopes: “ We have very wide slopes that are not too steep.” He also sees his ski area as a service to the region. “We are a Basel ski area,” said Hammer, “90 percent of the guests come from the Baselland”. In 2017, 20 Minuten reported that the proximity to the place where you live makes the slopes attractive for skiers and boarders from the region.
“The lower lift can also be seen as a feeder to the upper one, which is far more snow-sure”, says Hammer. At the moment it is not yet possible to use the feeder lift, but it would be possible to do so at the top. “It is of course annoying that the upper elevator has just been shut down. So people just go skiing where they are allowed, ”says Hammer.
This situation is of course particularly difficult for them, since otherwise they rarely have snow. In recent years, the lifts, which go up to just under 1000 meters, could only be operated for a few dozen days per season. According to SRF, the Canton of Solothurn understands the difficult situation, but in terms of equal rights, no exception can be made.