There’s somebody who works above the clouds in Val di Fassa: here is the story of Stefano Lora, who spends several days by the top station of the most panoramic chair lift on San Pellegrino Pass
"I see hundreds of dawns and sunsets, but what most fascinates me is the sea of clouds", Stefano Lora says. He’s fifty years old and comes from Vicenza, where his wife and four sons live. Stefano is "the man of Cima Uomo", from the name of the chair lift in the ski area San Pellegrino that reaches 2483 metres in a privileged panoramic point, where he has been working for four years. His story, narrated by the journalists Andrea Selva and Elisa Salvi, highlights how quick the time passes there. According to Stefano, in fact, there’s so much to do there: "In the morning - he explains - I check that the lift works, then I fix the seats and I have to keep on cleaning the arrival area, and I welcome so many skiers". Stefano is always smiling and happy to chat with the skiers. "Somebody asks for information and tips about the ski slopes, somebody wants to know the names of the peaks that surround us. It’s a great pleasure for me to talk about the area and about skiing, my favourite sport". In the rare free moments, Stefano loves looking around, perhaps with the help of the binoculars: "You can often see the chamois, on the rocks, not far from the lift. I have even seen some partridges and the footprints of a lynx. I like to stare at the Dolomites changing colour every hour and at the snow moved by the wind". So, it’s impossible to feel lonely by the top station of the Cima Uomo, at 2483 metres: "I use to remind those who ask if I get bored or if I happen to feel lonely that here, every season, about 300 thousand skiers arrive: is anyone doing better than me, up here?"