Murren Celebrates a Centenary, Green Energy and New Infrastructure

MURREN, Switzerland - Oct. 9, 2023 - PRLog -- This winter Switzerland's beautiful car-free village of Mürren hosts the centenary celebrations for the world's oldest alpine ski racing club, the Kandahar, founded by the British in Mürren on 30 January 1924. Current members include the first British skier to win a World Cup race, Dave Ryding (Slalom at Kitzbühel, Jan '22) and Jasmin Taylor winner of 35 World Cup and World Championship Telemark medals.

Mürren's 2023-24 season opens in November, underpinned by high altitude (skiing to 3000m) and snow farming which began in 2021. Last season's crop of 150,000m² of compacted snow will be

recycled to piste 11 at the end of October. An early adopter of green energy and committed to sustainability: refurbishment to Schilthorn's famous revolving Piz Gloria restaurant and summit building (2970m) resulted in a 75% reduction in energy consumption. It is powered entirely by water and even the award-winning toilets  – an attraction in themselves – operate entirely on rainwater.

A major construction project to upgrade Mürren's cable car system is underway and on schedule to launch in 2026. Schilthornbahn 20XX will use the latest hybrid safe-power regenerative system to feed batteries off solar panels and the cable car's own braking power. The new system will double transportation capacity, reduce travel time and cut energy costs by 10%. Energy storage will allow the cable car to run even in the event of power failure at a reduced speed.

Murren is a gateway to 213km of piste throughout the Jungfrau region, and its spectacular Schilthorn black run features on every keen skier's must-do list. The long season continues through to May and an annual highlight is Inferno, the world's longest Downhill attracting 1800 amateurs who race the 15km course from Schilthorn to Lauterbrunnen.

Long famous for the beauty of its clifftop setting and iconic view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, Mürren gained worldwide celebrity for its leading role in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, featuring the most exciting ski chase in cinema history.

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