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https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-79-85-2024
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-79-85-2024
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26 Mar 2024
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Die another day: explanations based on qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) for the survival and non-survival of isolated ski lifts in Switzerland

Steve Schlegel and Christoph Schuck

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Why do isolated Swiss ski lifts die? A comprehensive survey of all isolated lifts ever established in Switzerland is conducted. Using a set-theoretical method (qualitative comparative analysis), it is shown that closed isolated lifts tend to be outdated and have no technical snowmaking facilities. Moreover, it is evident that the simultaneous occurrence of the lack of lift facility replacement, lack of snowmaking and high ski area competition has caused the closure of most isolated lifts.