Espot is located in the valley of the river Escrita, in the
Espot village has only recently become easily accessible to
tourism. The construction of a new road has coincided with the development of a
popular winter sports resort, Espot Ski.
Espot is also a popular access point for the Aiguestortes and
Sant Maurici National Park, an area of spectacular mountain and lake scenery,
glacial in origin.
The environmental, social and economic impact of the skiing
The study includes environmental impact assessments of the ski
lifts and runs.
On-piste and off-piste transects are used to assess the
environmental damage caused by skiing.
The visual impact of the resort infrastructure is assessed,
together with the impact of the skiing industry on the local culture and
This fieldwork study is supported with
secondary data and takes a full day.