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Stöten I Sälen - Traditional-rich ski resort with new ambitions

In the past few years, our team has enjoyed meeting the challenges of exciting projects in Scandinavia, which have allowed us to further popularize our snowmaking concept in the far north.

One of the most important contracts of the past year has surely been the construction of a fully automatic snowmaking system in Stöten I Sälen. With investments of millions of Euros, the project was of especial importance to the company. 

As a tourist destination, Stöten has a proud heritage and for more than 40 years the ski resort has been known for more than just its beautiful mountains. In the 70s, winter-sports pioneers Bertil Lind and Torsten Widing et al. were responsible for the construction of the area’s first lift, which transported guests to new heights where they could admire the natural beauty of the mountains. Such were the origins of today’s ski resort, which has often served as the venue for countless FIS World Cup Races in the past. Sporting legends like Alberto Tomba and Ingemar Stenmark celebrated numerous victories here, thereby casting the ski resort into the limelight. 

To ensure that this success story will continue in the coming years, responsible actors decided this year to upgrade the existing snowmaking system from the late 1990s with modern equipment consisting of various components. Reliance on technical snowmaking should be increased in combination with the latest generation of snow guns to become more energy efficient and flexible so that the ski resort can react swiftly to add supplementary snow with technical snowmaking. For Demaclenko, this was an exciting challenge and a chance to build a resume in the Swedish market. The initial project plan quickly grew into a customer-oriented holistic concept, which will be implemented in just 90 days. 

Construction works for the coming season include building a new main pump station with 4 main pumps as well as 2 booster pumps with a total power of 2.7 MW and outlet pressure of approx. 58 bar. The 2 new valve stations to be created will provide water to the existing and newly created slopes. The over 70 snow guns, which will be primarily placed on the new slopes, will be connected along with the existing facility to the latest generation of Snowvisual 4.0, so that the entire facility can be operated fully automatically. For optimal supply and communication between pumping station, pits and snow guns, approx. 10 km of cable and pipes will be installed underground in the next few weeks. Thanks to the considerably minimized reliance on air pressure for the snow guns themselves, the entire energy consumption of the compressors has been reduced in half and will result in significant cost savings for snowmaking at the ski resort.

The Stöten ski resort is located in the winter sports resort of Sälen and is one of the largest in central Sweden. For Stöten, the construction of the new snowmaking system is essential for ensuring the successful future of the entire destination. After all, without guaranteed snow, the tourism sector and each link in the value chain for the entire area will be strongly affected.