Running Costs for One Day Mountain Railways

Urdenbahn im Skigebiet Arosa Lenzerheide | © Arosa Lenzerheide

290,000 Swiss francs, that's how much the operation of the Arosa Lenzerheide ski resort costs every day

Diesel for snow groomers, power for chairlifts and water for over 600 snow cannons ...

Input wanted to know exactly where these 290,000 francs flow and calculates across the Arosa Lenzerheide ski area.

The ski resort Arosa Lenzerheide spends the most money on the railways, which are veritable energy guzzlers. The chairlifts run for eight hours a day, without interruption. Of the 290,000 francs alone, 140,000 francs will be spent on the railways alone.

Slope preparation has become increasingly important in recent years.

The ski resort spends between 25,000 and 30,000 francs per day for snowmaking, slope marking, water and energy costs. Money is spent not only to get on the mountain, but also to come down again.

Many of the works that occur in a ski resort can’t be seen by the guest. They are carried out outside the operating hours. Also in this time a lot of money is spent. Safety, for example, the avalanche blasting, the slope markings, the patrol and the rescue of the slopes consumes CHF 25,000 daily.

For the preparation of the slopes and for the diesel of the snow groomers, 43,000 francs must be taken in hand every day. In addition, there are daily costs for marketing, information or taxes to the landowners: CHF 52,000 every day.

In no time at all, more than a quarter of a million francs is spent in one day. By way of comparison, a day at Zurich Zoo costs CHF 70,000, and the Verkehrshaus Luzern spends CHF 60,000 a day to ensure its operation.

Source: SRF Online


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