1 day, 12 employees, 4x 120-liter trash bags filled to the brim and, ultimately, 2 clean pistes
Once the snow has melted, the reality comes to light. Beneath the lift lines inside the ski areas, trash accumulates in the form of beer cans, ski poles and even clothing – the haul every year is enormous. A number of Bründl Sports employees decided to tackle the Areit piste as well as the Glocknerwiese in Zell am See. – This time, not on skis, but on foot instead, equipped with trash bags and garbage tongs. They removed the remains of the past winter season as their shared contribution to a clean, healthy and trash-free skiing future.
Some of their quirkiest finds included some ten golf balls, a shoe, a hat, even a toothbrush. Who would have thought you would need such things on a ski slope in the middle of winter? Meanwhile, they were practically tripping over all the cigarette butts, nicotine pouches and facemasks! One of the workers on the Schmitten actually reported a little less trash than usual, presumably because fewer school classes were able to take class ski trips, bringing with them all those pack lunches and plastic bottles. “That makes a huge difference, since the kids had basically turned tossing pack lunches out of the window into a whole new sports discipline. They much prefer to buy a portion of French fries at a ski hut. But that kind of behavior is also an enormous threat to wildlife!”
How can it be avoided?
If everybody would simply stick their trash into their jacket pocket and put it in the next trashcan, we wouldn’t have as much pollution on the pistes and the wild animals would benefit in the short- and long term from a much healthier habitat. We need to reeducate ourselves on being more heedful of the food we eat and the nature around us, so that we will still be able to ski 50 years from now. Every single cigarette or piece of plastic packaging counts, it all adds up!