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Protecting the Environment

The mountain villages of Damuels and Fontanella-Faschina live in close touch with their unspoilt surroundings: a healthy environment is of upmost importance for both locals and guests in search of unforgettable experiences! We focus on the perfect balance between nature and modern amenities by minimizing the impact on our fantastic landscapes. One of the main environmental pillars is the biomass heating plant in Damuels and Faschina.


  • Damüls Biomass Heating Plant

    • Open since
    • December 2003
    • Output
    • 2500 kW
    • Wood Needed
    • ~ 12,000 stère/year
    • Heating Oil Saving
    • 600.000 liter/year

Damuels and Fontanella-Faschina are tourism villages which strongly depend on their untouched landscapes also in the future. We are fairly proud about our prime example when it comes to modern heating technologies: the biomass heating plant represents a small but very important step towards resolving climate change and other environmental problems. Eco-friendly heating and sustainable ecologic measures go hand in hand with environmental protection.

The climatic health resort of Damuels makes a wonderful place for ultimate rest and recreation, especially for allergy sufferers and those with respiratory problems. Thanks to our biomass heating plant we were able to reduce CO² emissions about 85%. Additionally, only local wood is used for increasing the value chain on the spot. Never forget that we should be an inspiring example also for our children and descendants - as well as for our holiday guests.

The truly innovative and top modern biomass heating plant in Damuels and Faschina adds to a sustainable tourism concept so essential for today and tomorrow. Local wood is a precious raw material!

Grosses Walsertal Biosphere Park

At a few meters from the village of Damuels you find scenic Grosses Walsertal, a real natural gem at the center of Vorarlberg. The region was declared a protected UNESCO Biosphere  Park & Preserve in 2000 by promoting a holistic concept within the whole Walsertal valley which centers on sustainable life and economy in this picture-part of the country.

Biosphere Preserves mainly stand for a natural highlight of a region's society, comprising also political and scientific aspects when it comes to nature landscapes and its protection for the future generations. A varied life amid unspoilt nature offers great advantages to both locals and guests.

A Model Region for Sustainability
Biosphere Parks (Biosphere Preserves) are meant as so-called model regions for sustainable life, work and economy. The UNESCO must approve such nature parks by verifying all required criteria. The entire Biosphere Park concept is an international project to enhance nature protection and development designed for outstanding nature and culture landscapes world-wide, where also the local people play an important role. Everyone in the region is warmly invited to join this project actively.

Using Nature without Destroying
This is the undisputed slogan of the Grosses Walsertal Biosphere Park in various continents around the globe. The main question focuses on how to protect both nature and environment in order to maintain the world's natural basis of existence coupled with the requirements of men.

Details on the Grosses Walsertal Biosphere Park:

  • Surface: about 19,200 hectares
  • Approx. 3,400 inhabitants
  • Alpine side valley in the south of Vorarlberg (Austria)
  • Settled by the Walser people in the 14th century
  • Approx. 180 agricultural businesses at the moment
  • 40 % are organic agricultural businesses
  • About 180,000 bednights per year
  • Awarded with the European Village Renewal Prize, 2002
  • Austrian winner of the EDEN Award (European Destination of Excellence), 2009
  • European Energy Award in silver, 2010
  • Energy-efficient Region (e5), awarded with 4 E
  • Climate Alliance Region

Snow-making Systems in the Ski Area

Since the early Eighties, the Austrian Mountain Lift Association has always been conscious about climate change and its consequences in the Alpine region. Therefore a modern and sustainable snow-making system concept was designed, according to the latest lift company research studies in this field.

Especially in the last winter seasons the high amounts of investment were more than justified and worth the effort. According to the trends within the whole Alpine Region, promoting and extending modern snow-making devices and systems will become more and more indispensable in the future.

Another interesting fact: Austria features 59 % of ski slopes equipped with artificial snow-producing systems!

Comparison of Costs

  • A new snow-making device costs the same as a BMW 3 series.
  • Example: a children's skilift (length 200 m, width 50 m, slope surface 1 hectare, snow depth 80 cm) requires about 8000 m³ of snow and costs Euro 12,000 per year.

Vorarlberg's Mountain Lift Companies produce 85 % of artificial snow by using renewable energies (year 2013/14)!

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