A long-lasting and cost-effective solution
Wyssen avalanche towers have been around for 20 years already, with many successful installations all over the world. In contrast to other systems, which have to be replaced after a few years of operation, Wyssen avalanche towers are characterized by exceptional robustness, durability and reliability, especially if regular maintenance is performed. At present, all installed avalanche towers are still operational – regardless of how “old” the towers are. Even first-generation-systems – including those with older control equipment – are still being used and will continue to be in upcoming seasons. Instead of replacing an entire system, if an older system needs updates, it can receive a major overhaul at the factory at extremely low cost and can be easily upgraded with the latest operations control technology.
Optimum life-cycle costs
In addition to enjoying the most favorable life-cycle costs, Wyssen customers also benefit from the most innovative solutions in the field of temporary avalanche protection. Annual servicing, at a minimal yearly cost, by Wyssen guarantees that the systems remain in perfect condition. In the history of Wyssen Avalanche Control, no major additional costs for servicing or repairs have been incurred anywhere over the service lives of the systems. This makes the operating costs predictable and therefore very easy to plan for.
The avalanche tower continues to be the ideal platform for additional measuring systems. Successfully deployed systems include weather stations, avalanche detection systems and the LIA®, a laser measuring device which can show the snow increase and the avalanche descent, directly from the starting area. All of these additional systems can be mounted hassle free on the avalanche tower.
Wyssen pays special attention to ensuring that the construction, installation and operation of avalanche towers are performed in an environmentally friendly manner. The foundation of a Wyssen avalanche tower requires only 1m2, which keeps the impact on the area as low as possible. Explosions are performed above ground to prevent damage to the vegetation cover. In addition, care is always taken to work with biodegradable materials.
The long service-life of all systems make an important contribution to the sustainability. The company Wyssen and their customers actively contribute to help protect the environment.
Samnaun and Zermatt as showcase references
New Wyssen avalanche towers have been installed in Samnaun almost every year since 2001. In the meanwhile, there are around 80 avalanche towers that serve to secure ski slopes, roads and residential areas. By using the avalanche towers in combination with the WAC.3® operating software, the renowned winter sports resort ensures the safety of all involved.
In Zermatt, there are around 50 Wyssen avalanche towers that are responsible for the safety of some 30,000 people each day. On the one hand, the avalanche towers are used to protect the access road and the railway line to Zermatt and, on the other, they are indispensable for securing the miles and miles of ski slopes, thus guaranteeing the maximum availability of skiing facilities.
During the last few years, a major overhaul of several systems at both resorts was performed and all systems – regardless of their year of manufacture – were upgraded to the latest version of WAC.3®.
«The decision to install Wyssen Avalanche towers in Samnaun for avalanche protection has proven its worth for a long time. Due to the annual service from Wyssen we can rely on top-products all the time, no matter how old the tower is. We have the absolute best systems with the Wyssen Avalanche Towers in combination with the operating software WAC.3® in terms of costs, efficiency, reliablity and innovative solutions»
Hans Kleinstein, Head of avalanche safety of the Bergbahnen Samnaun AG.