SkiStar is behind a large number of sustainability initiatives, including solar powered lifts, and an increased number of charging posts for electric cars.
Sustainability initiatives from SkiStar are exemplified below.
- At all destinations, SkiStar’s piste machines have snow depth measuring functions to make them efficient and optimise driving, which leads to reduced emissions and lower energy consumption.
- Non-fossil fuel is being used in operations at SkiStar’s Swedish destinations, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 90 percent.
- The ski buses at SkiStar’s Swedish destinations run on non-fossil fuel.
- SkiStar aims to construct new accommodation close to the lift systems (ski-in ski-out), reducing car travel at the destinations.
- Charging points for electric vehicles are standard for new builds, to meet heightened demand for eco-friendly means of transport.
- When SkiStar develops land, existing vegetation around the buildings is preserved and restored. Trees in the vicinity of the buildings are protected during the construction period.
- SkiStar works continuously to prevent erosion of the slopes by building dams and planting vegetation.
- SkiStar is part of young people’s first experience of the world of work. Over the past ten years, SkiStar has given over 11,000 young people aged between 18 and 24 the opportunity to gain professional experience.
- SkiStar’s operations are spread over a wide geographical area, which is why physical meetings are being replaced by telephone, web and video conferences wherever possible.
- In areas with a district heating network, SkiStar’s own properties are being converted from direct electric heating to hydronic heating.
- SkiStar is participating in renewable energy and carbon-neutral electricity production through co-ownership of Dala Vindkraft Ekonomisk Förening, as well as Dala Vind AB.
- Together with other investors, SkiStar operates three biomass heating plants.
- SkiStar has teamed up with Panta Mera. At the destinations, cans and PET bottles are collected in clearly marked ‘Panta Mera’ containers and igloos. SkiStar opted to use the money collected from recycled bottles this year to purchase protective visors and personal protective equipment that was then donated to the regions of Jämtland/Härjedalen and Dalarna.
- SkiStar donates to the Swedish foundation Min Stora Dag (My Special Day), which makes dreams come true for seriously ill children. Several My Special Day wishes have been granted at SkiStar destinations, with the help of volunteers and SkiStar personnel.
- Stefans Stuga in Lindvallen is a specially designed set of accommodation close to the lifts, the purpose of which is to provide a haven where families affected by cancer can relax and spend precious time together. Stefans Stuga is an initiative of the Stefan Paulsson Cancer Fund.