Reto Knutti from the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (IAC) at ETH Zurich states in an interview with the NZZ that the snow line in Switzerland has increased by 300 metres since observations began. According to Knutti, this snow line will rise by a further 500 to 700 metres by the end of the century if climate change continues. This would be quite fatal for ski resorts in middle altitudes between 1000 and 2000 metres. Already today, around 50 percent of the ski slopes in Switzerland are covered with artificial snow. In Italy and Austria, this figure ranges between 60 and 70 percent, as the winter sports destinations there are in some cases somewhat lower than the Swiss destinations. Until the beginning of the last century, snow-making systems were not an issue at all. At that time, the question was rather: How can winter sports enthusiasts be transported to the ski resorts at all?
Switzerland's first iron-on ski lift
One of the first ski lifts to save skiers the hassle of climbing the mountain was opened in 1934 at Bolgen in Davos. The Zurich engineer Ernst Gustav Constam applied for a patent in 1930 for his towing rope system with hoisting rope. Together with the Davos hotelier and farmer Leonhard Fopp, Switzerland's first iron-on lift was built on his property. As of December 1934, ski enthusiasts were able to overcome a proud 60 metres of difference in height over a total length of 270 metres with the J-shaped single handle. The drive for this undertaking was provided by a 24 hp electric drive. Already in the first season, the innovative Bolgenlift transported 70,000 skiers - an incredible success. Soon the single brackets were replaced by all known, T-shaped, orange-black ski lift brackets and the transport capacity could be massively increased. Winter sports resorts such as St. Moritz or Mürren took over the transport technology and the Constam ski lift system became an international bestseller.
Winter sports need space
Winter sports remain a challenge in terms of transport logistics and not only take up a lot of space topographically, with thousands of kilometres of pistes, but also a lot of space within your own four walls. Anyone who dares to ride the fast boards under his feet needs good, safe equipment, a not too empty purse and a bit of fitness, but above all one thing: storage space in the apartment or cellar compartment to store all the winter sports equipment. Helmet, skis, ski poles, snowboard, boots - all objects that are not necessarily suitable as decoration in the living room. But if you prefer to make room for your wine cellar or other hobby in your home cellar or garage, you can store your winter equipment in a placeB self storage unit. placeB offers flexible storage space in which the snow sports equipment finds a video-monitored, dry and smart home during the coming spring and summer months. Your smartphone is the key to more basements and your seasonally stored winter sports equipment!