Groomers

A first in Scandinavia

The handover of the first PistenBully 600 E+ in Finland was celebrated in the uniquely atmospheric winter twilight at the Scandinavian resort of Levi.

There certainly is enough snow in Levi. This World Cup ski resort lies some 170 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle – in the midst of the wild natural environment of Lapland. Although the current season did not start well, in Levi it normally lasts from November at the latest to the start of May, depending on snow conditions.

Levi meets the international standards and is the biggest and best-known winter sports center in Finland, having been voted the best Finnish ski resort four times over.

People from the Alps might find it remarkable that the Levi fell – with an elevation of just 531 meters above sea-level – is a ski resort on the only hill far and wide. But it is well served with lifts on all sides: With twenty-seven lifts and cablecars, there is something for all ability levels – especially with almost forty kilometers of well-groomed and signposted slopes for both families and advanced skiers, including a World Cup slalom trail. The resort also boasts a snow park, halfpipe, superpipe and two streets for boarders and freestylers. In December and January the days are very short wherever you are in Finland. Hence the fifteen floodlit runs! From mid-April onwards, things are very different: Then the sun shines for up to sixteen hours a day. It is a special treat to be able to enjoy hours of winter sports in the radiant sunshine!

Levi also has floodlighting on twenty-eight of its 230 kilometers of cross-country trails, which are groomed for both the classic and skating styles. And to round it off, Levi offers access to 18 kilometers of snow-shoe trails plus almost 900 kilometers of snowmobile routes.

So there is enough work for the snow groomers, and Levi has placed its trust in the PistenBully brand for decades: The resort now has seven groomers and six track-setters from PistenBully, creating perfect conditions on the slopes, cross-country trails and various tracks.

And now the first PistenBully 600 E+ has joined the Levi fleet for the start of the season. Since Levi also has a strong focus on sustainability and a small ecological footprint, the environmentally-friendly PistenBully 600 E+ with diesel-electric drive was the obvious choice. Jouni Palosaari, CEO of the Levi ski resort, emphasized this commitment in his enthusiastic response at the handover: "We are very proud to be using the first 600 E+ in Finland. This eco-friendly PistenBully underlines Levi's commitment to the environment and strengthens our position all the more."

This claim is confirmed by the use of SNOWsat: The new PistenBully E+ is the third vehicle in the Levi fleet to be equipped with the SNOWsat snow depth measurement system. This enables the Levi team to spread the natural snow to optimum effect, so that they only need to produce machine-made snow precisely when and where it is needed.

That saves up to 15% of water and energy, while also reducing fuel consumption. The keys to this exceptional PistenBully were presented to the management of the Levi ski resort in an unusual ceremony by Jens Rottmair, CEO of Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG, and Peter Söderholm, Managing Director of the Finnish PistenBully agency Kessu Oy. And as the icing on the cake, a shaman drove out the evil spirits and invoked a successful outcome. So nothing can go wrong now!

Finland's first PistenBully 600 E+ in Levi

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