Saturday, Dec 10, 2022 Today's Paper
SC Ranking
1 Emil Persson 25,562,006
2 Ida Dahl 24,839,273
3 Andreas Nygaard 24,633,945
4 Tord Asle Gjerd... 24,584,380
5 Lina Korsgren 24,484,047
6 Oskar Kardin 24,312,698
7 Britta Johansso... 24,058,203
8 Johannes Eklöf 24,013,294
9 Max Novak 23,921,189
10 Astrid Øyre Sli... 23,754,472
11 Emilie Fleten 23,416,363
12 Morten Eide Ped... 23,402,906
13 Kasper Stadaas 23,372,337
14 Ermil Vokuev 23,155,152
15 Stian Hoelgaard 23,119,309
16 Johan Hoel 23,094,196
17 Runar Skaug Mat... 22,726,499
18 Maxim Vylegzhan... 22,671,721
19 Vetle Thyli 22,530,051
20 Herman Paus 22,492,362
21 Magnus Vesterhe... 22,299,171
22 Marcus Johansso... 21,942,740
23 Anders Aukland 21,690,765
24 Torleif Syrstad 21,609,107
25 Joar Thele 21,527,809
26 Karstein Johaug 21,461,033
27 Jiří Pliska 21,021,748
28 Torgeir Sulen H... 20,862,822
29 Eddie Edström 20,738,799
30 Gabriel Höjlind... 20,657,291
31 Stanislav Řezáč... 20,425,274
32 Axel Jutterströ... 20,170,582
33 Klas Nilsson 19,965,758
34 Nils Dahlsten 19,937,621
35 Thomas Ødegaard... 19,696,746
36 Jan Šrail 19,570,618
37 Simen Engebrets... 19,178,110
38 Bastien Poirrie... 19,138,063
39 Sofie Elebro 19,117,183
40 Mauro Brigadoi 18,992,619
41 Alexey Shemiaki... 18,653,161
42 Stian Berg 18,652,088
43 Viktor Mäenpää... 18,487,671
44 Arnaud Du Pasqu... 18,285,573
45 Aleksandr Grebe... 18,267,363
46 Dmitriy Bagrash... 18,225,082
47 Anikken Gjerde ... 18,209,193
48 Petter Soleng S... 18,089,523
49 Fabián Štoček... 17,925,232
50 Olga Tsareva 17,877,070
 
Events & Results
CHECK COMPETITIONS
Event Country Date
Mobile icon Mobile icon

High Electricity Prices Threaten The Ski Season

Extreme high electricity prices may force ski resorts to close this winter: 70 percent of the facilities fear they will have to close.

Photo: Ingeborg Scheve

Running snowmaking facilities requires a lot of electricity, and with today's electricity prices, many ski resorts fear they will have to close this winter. Illustration photo.

High electricity prices threaten the skiing industry: lifts, snowmaking, and lighting require large amounts of electricity. In Norway, the industry is concerned. While the households receive electricity support, the ski resorts must pay the market price for electricity, and several have expressed that they fear closure. 

In August, the Norwegian ski resorts sounded the alarm. Then the Norwegian Alpine Resorts and Mountain Destinations industry organization sent a letter to the state calling for measures and support schemes for the ski resorts.

“In our area, with the predicted prices now, we are looking at a tenfold increase in power costs, perhaps more for the coming winter,” says Odd Stensrud to Dagens Næringsliv.  

Stensrud is the industry organization’s deputy chairman and general manager of Alpinco, which owns and operates the alpine resorts at Hafjell and Kvitfjell. For Alpinco, electricity costs are the third largest expense item, and the margins for operating ski resorts are already small, according to his words.

“If the electricity prices signaled for the coming winter become a reality, then it is certain that it will mean the hook on the door for several facilities,” says Odd Stensrud.

End Of Ski Holidays In Europe

Sky-high electricity prices are not only a concern for Norwegian destinations. In central Europe, the situation is even more difficult. 

In France, high prices mean that more than half of the ski resorts would have to cancel the winter season. 

Seventy percent of the ski resorts in France have three-year contracts with the state electricity supplier EDF, which will be renegotiated during the autumn. 

Electricity Becomes 20 Times More Expensive

The offer the ski resorts have received from the state company is causing despair in the industry. The price they are looking for is almost 20 times higher than last year. Then, the ski resorts paid for electricity 55 euros per megawatt. This year, EDF has estimated a price of between 800 and 1,000 euros per megawatt. These are electricity prices that the ski resorts are unable to pay. 

“We cannot accept the contract proposal that EDF has presented,” says manager Sébastien Giraud from the popular destination of Villard-de-Lans in the Alps east of Grenoble.

“The electricity bill normally accounts for around five percent of our budget. With these prices, electricity will account for a quarter of the budget. If this is the final offer, we will not be able to stay open this winter because we will not be able to meet the electricity bill,” says Giraud to French television

Enormous Effects

If the ski resort has to close, there will be enormous ripple effects. In Villard-de-Lans, ski tourism accounts for 80 percent of the economic base of the entire local community. 

Giraud suggests that if the ski resort needs to close, it will take between 1,000 and 1,500 people unemployed and further affect restaurants, shops, service industries, schools, and other public offers and services.  

Giraud feels that the authorities only continue to defend increased prices and do not realize how serious the consequences will be.

“We have come to the point where the sanctions we imposed on Russia now affect us and the whole of Europe, and that normal person who gets the biggest bill,” says Giraud, adding that electricity prices come on top of galloping inflation in general.

“What is certain is that this crisis will force us to look honestly at how we use energy. Although French ski resorts have already committed to reducing electricity consumption by 10 to 20 percent in 2021, we are ready to contribute further next season. We are already considering measures such as reducing opening hours and suspending evening skiing,” concludes Giraud. 

Most read
Become a member now