Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Greenest of the Ski Lifts by MRAblog.com

Mountain Rider’s Alliance is always looking for new, clean, and innovative ways of powering our uphill transportation. These lifts from all around the world have set the (T) bar high, plowing a path for the future of skiing. Without further ado, they present the Greenest Ski Lifts in the world:
1. Tenna T-Bar, Switzerland
This T-Bar is known as the world’s first to be powered by solar panels, which are placed along the lift. The lift generates over 90,000 kilowatts a year and sends energy back into the grid when it is not being used.
Tenna T-Bar in Switzerland
2. Sonnenlift, SkiWelt, Austria
This solar-powered T-bar lift completed the long-planned ski-lift connection between two of Austria’s biggest ski areas of Kitzbuhel and the SkiWelt. The tow is powered by a photovoltaic system which, even in poor weather, has enough power to keep the lift running smoothly.
Sonnenlift at SkiWelt
3. Ranfoilly Express, Les Gets, France
Les Gets has replaced diesel generators on the Ranfoilly Express with solar panels. The resort also recuperates kinetic energy from the Les Planeys chairlift from the rotation of the return pulleys on the pylons.
Ranfoilly Express in Les Gets
4. Horse-powered lift, Alta Badia, Italy
The lift that links the Lagazuoi piste to the Alta Badia ski area is, quite literally, horse powered. It consists of a long rope that the skiers hold on to and a sledge that is drawn by a “green engine” – a pair of noriker horses. Since the lift is fuelled by hay, it does not burn any fossil fuels. However, the amount of climate-changing methane gas produced has not yet been calculated.
Horse-drawn Ski Lift at Alta Badia
5. Panoramabahn, Kaprun, Austria
All lifts and other operations on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier are powered by renewable energy. In addition, the lift company has put solar panels on lift stations to generate more, and recycles heat from the green-powered lift motors to warm buildings on the mountain.
Pamoramabahn in Kaprun
6. Sunshine Express, Steamboat, Colorado, USA
The sunshine express chairlift uses a combination of solar and wind-renewable energy and is believed to be the only chairlift in North America to be powered using solar energy.
Sunshine Express in Steamboat
7. Piz Nair Cable Car, St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz pioneered both winter sports and hydroelectricity in the 19th century, and in this one the Piz Nair cable car was rebuilt for the 2003 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships, fitted with a solar-power system and a wind turbine at the top station.
Piz Nair Cable Car in St. Moritz
If you know of a ski lift that deserves to be on this list, please let us know in the comments section below this post!
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