The energy crisis is forcing recreational companies to rethink

Ski resorts, thermal baths, water parks: recreational facilities are preparing savings measures in connection with the energy crisis. Offers range from slower cable cars, adapted run times to more expensive tickets.

Given the impending energy crisis in winter, it could: Ski areas in Switzerland and Austria with limited use come on. If pressure comes in and the government imposes consumption limits, mountain railways can save up to 20 percent of electricity consumption, the managing director of the Swiss Mountain Railways Association, Bern Stoffel, Swiss broadcaster of the SRF, said on Tuesday. “We have different options such as speed, number of gondolas and cruising time.” Cable car operators in Austria are also considering appropriate austerity measures, said industry spokesman Franz Hörl.

In any case, it should be inconvenient for skiers, as is evident from Stoffel’s comments: mountain railways you want in the first step voluntarily save five percent of electricity and, among other things, they limit the comfort. One option would be to offer only cold water and less heat in the toilets – but not only as Stoffel said. “It’s about turning off the advertising lights, to reduce heating, cold water in toilets, night driving, gutter heaters and so on. We are in the process of identifying a range of measures that the roller coaster can also implement. “

Switzerland does not have a contingency plan like the EU

For example in Austria Cessation of night use of ski slopes are saved when snowmaking on slopes or the like Cable cars with fewer gondolas are supported, Hörl told the APA news agency on Tuesday. In addition, ticket prices for the lifts could be increased. However, Hörl pointed out that cable cars accounted for only 1.3 percent of Austria’s electricity consumption. Even when it comes to gas, its industry needs “almost nothing”.

Switzerland has not yet planned any energy-saving legislation, and there is no contingency plan like the EU in which countries – with a few exceptions – are expected to voluntarily save 15%. on gas. When it comes to saving electricity, he initially hopes to save 5% through an awareness campaign for citizens and industry. If it doesn’t work or isn’t enough, should there be levels of escalation?. In the next step, turn off something that is not absolutely necessary, such as the lighting of a shop window. However, around 2,400 mountain railways are at the heart of Switzerland’s winter leisure activities, stressed Stoffel.

Reduced offer in thermal baths, aquaparks and aquaparks?

Thermal, water park and swimming pool operators are also gearing up for difficult times with impending gas scarcity and rising energy costs. “Our recommendation is to keep the pools open for as long as possible and allow companies to focus on their business,” said Klaus Batz, Managing Director of the European Waterpark Association (EWA), a German news agency. “There may be some who decide we need to cut supply. There may also be those who say we must at least temporarily shut down“.

The bathrooms are still full at the moment, Batz said. “But we certainly don’t have an easy time ahead.” One of the reasons is the uncertainty about the gas supply which is necessary for most pool operations. Under current regulations, following the announcement of the greatest threat in the gas contingency plan, the Federal Network Agency would allocate still available natural gas as needed. Attached leisure pools should not be upstairs.

EWA, headquartered in Nuremberg, represents the interests of leisure pools, thermal baths and water parks, of which approximately 140 are located in Germany alone.

“Guest purses run out for other reasons”

In Cologne, on the other hand, the temperature in some outdoor pools, which are usually particularly warm at 30 degrees, is already around at least 3 degrees lower. Elsewhere it is not as simple as Claudia Heckmann, managing director of KölnBäder GmbH, emphasizes.

Another adjusting screw is the entrance fees. “Obviously, this will be difficult with the upcoming cost increases,” said Heckmann. “We can’t pass this to customers 1: 1, but we’ll definitely think about it in the fall.”

According to the managing director of EWA Batz, companies that have already raised their prices are still the exception. “We also have to take into account that guests’ wallets run out for other reasons.”

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