Nature can bear the stress that winter sports impose, provided that skiing and snowboarding are done in a regulated way. When you ski or snowboard away from the marked routes and slopes, however, it can cause problems. What are we doing, and what can you do to minimize the impact of skiing and snowboarding?
By supporting the campaign "Respect You Boundaries", we want to encourage a higher level of awareness concerning respectful behaviour towards forests and animals. Winter sports fans need to be aware of the fact that the woods are a habitat for flora and fauna. Our forests have a significant protective function for us humans. They minimise soil erosion, and they prevent or stop mudflows and avalanches that would endanger us. Therefore, it is essential that we accept the boundaries of our natural flora and fauna and that we stay on the designated routes and slopes.
Please find more information at www.respektieredeinegrenzen.at
Aware of our position as a role model enterprise in our region, we are also trying to lead by example by pro-tecting the beautiful environment that surrounds us. Only a sustainable approach to the way we work within our ecosystem can guarantee long-term prosperity for the people in the region, since our landscape is our most valuable asset.
We are mindfully ensuring that we carry out any necessary encroachments as gently as possible, and that we keep our impact on the environment to a minimum.
Educational work on coherences in nature as well as maintaining and improving the environment by taking preventative measures are of equal importance for us. We have already been able to initiate a couple of sustainable offsetting measures over the past few years:
In summer, our ski slopes are not left empty but are used by farmers from the region for alpine herding. In this context, we attach great importance to sustainable agriculture - 50 percent of them are therefore organic farmers. Some ski restaurants are also open in summer for hungry and thirsty hikers who enjoy the impressive mountain panorama and the cooler temperatures on the Shuttleberg.