Correction 04/11/2015: This article originally stated the ski-lift cables were not visible, however upon closer inspection this appears to not be the case, with satellite imagery indeed showing some pylons and cables leading up the mountain between the newly built structures.
North Korea is still adding to its Masik Ryong ski resort, with recent satellite photos showing what looks to be new a new ski lift, and a larger building at the base of the slope.
Imagery of the region is not updated frequently, though at some point between late last year and October 2015, two new structures were completed at one of resort’s higher slopes.
One of the buildings at the top of the piste, which measures 40 meters in length faces down the slope, and is likely an alternative and much shorter router to the summit than the existing one.
No cables or other equipment appear to have been installed yet, however trees have been cleared in front of the building.
Another pagoda shaped building has also been added in the same location at some point in the year.
At the bottom of the slope, a much larger building near the ice rink has also been constructed. The new building appears aligned with the ski slope leading to the new buildings at the top of the piste.
While some of the equipment at the resort hailed from Europe and possibly constituted a breach of the UN’s luxury good sanctions, the facility’s ski-lifts are outdated.
“The only thing that stands out is the lift, which isn’t exactly of today’s standard,” Odd Stensrud, manager at Hafjell-Kvitfjell, one of the biggest alpine resorts in Norway told NK News when pictures of the resort first surfaced last year.
The new ski-lift is probably not the only expansion Masik Ryong will receive. In October last year NK News reported plans were in the works to build a second resort in the area.
Prior to the project’s completion, the Swiss government blocked a deal to provide North Korea with ski-lift equipment valued at around $7.5 million dollars.
North Korean authorities hoped the 35 million dollar project would attract over 5000 guests, though tourist numbers have so far reportedly been much lower.
Image credit: Google Earth
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