There's always something going on in St. Moritz - you can always find extraordinary top events, whether sport or music. In 2017 it will be something very special in the form of the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships. Posters advertising the event can already be seen all over the resort. The first three PistenBully in their elegant World Championship design are already out on the slopes, hinting that the gathering of the alpine sport world elite will be something unforgettable: an atmospheric, authentic and modern world championships in a unique mountain setting. As you'd expect from St. Moritz, sustainability will be a big part of that - and convincingly continued for the 2017 World Championships.
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG is supplying a total of 6 PistenBully to Engadin St. Moritz Mountains AG for the competition in 2017. The first three have already started work, cutting a splendid figure on the magnificent slopes. A PistenBully 600 W Polar is most at home on extremely steep slopes. The two others - both PistenBully 600 E+ - fit in perfectly with the eco-friendly approach of the Engadin resort, thanks to their diesel-electric drives.
Atmospheric, authentic, groundbreaking
As an award-winning "Energiestadt", St. Moritz is no stranger to setting new standards - as demonstrated by the example of the Hotel Muottas Muragl: the first hotel in the Alps to be completely self-sufficient in its energy supply. And new projects in St. Moritz are examined very closely nowadays with regard to energy efficiency and sustainability. This obligation is also reflected in the ski business: Engadin St. Moritz Mountains AG was the first firm in the world to use bio compressor oil for its snow-making equipment. Cutting-edge snow-making technology ensures a full snow covering and protects the flora and fauna underneath. All the resort's snow groomers have been running exclusively on biodegradable hydraulic oil for some time now. Typically for the team from St. Moritz - they were also the first in the world to buy the environmentally-friendly PistenBully 600 E+ back in 2012. "The idea of the diesel-electric drive fits in very well with our philosophy of consistent sustainability for people and the environment and the most economical approach possible to energy resources. Because we want to make use of innovative developments to help ensure the future of Engadin St. Moritz as a tourist destination. That's why we're creating a lasting legacy wholly in line with the World Championship motto of "Live the Future"", stresses Adrian Jordan, Head of Technology COO at Engadin St. Moritz Mountains AG.
Going quietly about its business: the PistenBully 600 E+
The technology of its diesel-electric drive saves in every way - just not in performance: less NOx and CO2, lower fuel consumption and reduced operating costs as a result. And then there's the happy news that it also reduces soot particle emissions by 99 %. The PistenBully 600 E+ delivers maximum thrust at lower revs. And is impressively quiet into the bargain! Ski resorts like St. Moritz, who make a deliberate choice of sustainability, are ideally served by the groundbreaking technology of the E+ - because not only is it good for nature but it also ensures positive visitor perception as well.
SNOWsat: economical snow management
In light of this environmental commitment, it's no surprise that Engadin made the decision to equip the new vehicles with SNOWsat V3 - snow management including snow depth measurement. The aim is to make the most efficient use possible of the existing snow in the resort. Natural snow is distributed perfectly and the resort only makes use of machine-made snow where it's absolutely needed. A tidy saving was made here too: up to 20 % less water and energy, lower fuel costs and less terrain damage.
St. Moritz and PistenBully: a strong partnership for the environment - and for successful World Championships in 2017!