Across Europe and the rest of the world, skiing enjoys great popularity. However, it is assumed that the number of ski areas that will remain climatically operable will decrease dramatically in the near future. Accordingly, overcrowding and longer waiting times at ski-lift stations are identified as an economic threat to skiing areas.

In a study conducted by members of the research group, the mitigation potential of increasing ski-lift speed was investigated by an agent-based model. Results indicate diminishing returns in terms of waiting-time reduction with a further increase of ski-lift speed.

The article with the title ‘Simulating the effects of increased ski-lift capacities on waiting times’ was published in GI_Forum.