The end of skiing in the Czech Republic. Because of expensive energy, the operation of ski areas is not worthwhile

The end of skiing in the Czech Republic. Because of expensive energy, the operation of ski areas is not worthwhile
The end of skiing in the Czech Republic. Because of expensive energy, the operation of ski areas is not worthwhile

In Germany, Austria and other Alpine countries, it is starting to be said (very cautiously so far) that at current energy prices it is practically impossible for skiing to remain a mass sport. Theoretically, only millionaires could race on the slopes in the coming winter. Campuses are therefore looking for sometimes even absurd ways to save on costs, but even that probably won’t be enough. If the prices do not fall or are not capped by state intervention, skiing as we know it from recent years would probably be over.

According to the Association of Lift Operators, energy, especially for artificial snowmaking, accounted for up to a third of the costs of Czech ski resorts in previous years. If today the price of electricity rose five to seven times and the price of gas seven to ten times, it would mean that the already expensive skiing would become, with a slight exaggeration, a sport only for rich Arab sheikhs when these prices are reflected in season tickets.

“Among the various, sometimes even phantasmagoric proposals that the energy crisis forces us to make, there is, for example, the possibility of making snow using electricity from diesel generators. Even the burning of diesel fuel, which nobody can really imagine in the campuses yet, would not be nearly as expensive as electricity from the grid,” said Jakub Juračka, chairman of the Ropeway Association, to INFO.CZ.

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One thing is certain according to the operators of ski resorts throughout Europe. Even if, purely theoretically, the ski resorts stopped “heating and lighting” and skiers went to the hill on foot, no commercial resort can do without artificial snow today due to warming and lack of snow. And the production of artificial snow swallows a huge amount of electricity. “However, if the center is to function, gas for heating hotels and restaurants, as well as for heating hotel swimming pools, should be added to this,” said Juračka.

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