Mountain in Holland grows closer
16th September 2011
We reported on PlanetSKI earlier of the rather bizarre plans to construct a man-made mountain in the flat country of The Netherlands. Now the BBC has picked up on the story and it seems it might happen. Oh yeah?!
The programme, You and Yours on BBC Radio 4, featured it this lunchtime on Friday 16th September.
The idea is for a mountain to be built so cyclists and skiers can train on it and the public can come to walk and climb up it.
It would be 2,000m tall – that’s the height of the French resort of Tignes that is one of the highest in The Alps.
It all seemed more like an April Fool to us but apparently it is gaining a head of steam with over 100 major companies associated with it, maybe though they just want to be associated with the publicity rather than the reality.
For our original story and further details then see here.
It is one of the most read stories of the month on PlanetSKI. Make your mind up if you think it is realistic and do feel free to comment at the bottom of the story.
Not all in Holland think it is a good way to spend money in times of government cutbacks and economic problems.
On Friday the man who came up with the idea, Thijs Zonneveld, told the BBC that it started as a bit of a joke but he was now very, very serious.
“At first it was a joke but the responses came in to the idea and it got serious. The companies involved would not put time and money in if it was just for a laugh,” he said.
He claimed skiers and ski jumpers would be able to train and the cyclists would be able to practice for the mountain stages of the Tour de France. There would also be a track for people who like bob sleigh.
A local tourism boss was also interviewed and said “It will be one of the great wonders of the modern world and that it was more a question of when, not if.”
There is also a plan to build a mountain in East Anglia and the plans seem slightly more developed and within reason. For a start it is a more realistic 500m. Here on PlanetSKI we had details of that mountain.
It is not though catching the attention of the international media.
For the spirit of the mountains