Electricity, water etc.

The electricity and water supply on the Faulhorn is a recurring and central theme.
Only thank to innovative and creative ideas on the part of those responsible is the running of the hotel possible.

To produce power, wood, propan-gas and oil are necessary. Solar panels provide light.

From the beginning, rainwater and melting snow were collected in large wooden barrels – recently also in steel tanks. The water reserves (ca. 55’000 lt) are soon used up in dry summers. For this reason, water used to be fetched in wooden buckets from the little glacier and carried up to the hotel.

A clever invention from the year 1796 allows nowadays to transport the water mechanically, by means of a hydraulic pump, from the glacier below the summit, over. From the beginning, rainwater and melting snow were collected in large wooden barrels – recently also in steel tanks. The water reserves (ca. 55’000 lt) are soon used up in dry summers. For this reason, water used to be fetched in wooden buckets from the little glacier and carried up to the hotel. A clever invention from the year 1796 allows nowadays to transport the water mechanically, by means of a hydraulic pump, from the glacier below the summit, over 70 m up to the hotel. (4-5 litres per min.)
By temperatures below freezing point, the pump must be switched off. In this case, we have only the reserve tanks for our daily needs.

The effects of global warming are also not to be overlooked. The glacier loses in volume year by year. The worry about maintaining water reserves is justified and demands new solutions.

The entire systems of supplies for the hotel, as well as the removal of household rubbish, is done by helicopter. In the high-seasons this requires at least 4 flights per week.