E steht für diesel-elektrischen Antrieb | © Edith Danzer
The Glacier.

We go HVO!

Following the enormously successful use of HVO with all snow groomers on the Maiskogel over the winter season 2022/23, all company-owned snow groomers both on the Kitzsteinhorn and Maiskogel have been converted from diesel into the fossil-free HVO fuel, thereby reducing carbon emissions by 90%.

HVO stands for „Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil” and is made from organic waste materials, such as plant oils and animal fats. This new and fossil-free fuel now replaces the diesel fuel previously used for company-owned snow groomers and heavy equipment on the Kitzsteinhorn and Maiskogel.

The HVO fuel was already tested with Prinoth Leitwolf snow groomers on the Maiskogel during the last winter.


The environmentally-friendly, more expensive HVO fuel has passed the practical test on the Maiskogel with flying colors, as Günther Brennsteiner, authorized officer for the technical division of the Gletscherbahnen Kaprun AG explains: “All snow groomers on the Maiskogel were fueled with HVO during the last winter. The results were remarkable: HVO combusts odorless and reduces carbon emissions by 90%, dust emissions by 33%, nitric oxide emissions by 9%, hydrocarbon emissions by 30% and carbon monoxide emissions by 24%. At the same time, there’s no noticeable increase in consumption and HVO ensures high performance even with low temperatures.”


Der Pistenbully 600 E+ im Einsatz | © Edith Danzer ©Edith Danzer
Perfect slopes, sustainably groomed. HVO fuel considerably reduces carbon emissions.

Odorless and clean

In September, all fuel tanks on the Kitzsteinhorn and Maiskogel were filled up with HVO, so that the modern snow groomers would be ready to be operated when that first snowfall arrived. “Switching diesel with HVO is easy”, says Günther Brennsteiner and further explains: “Fuel tanks and snow groomers don’t have to be cleaned or modified beforehand. Even though HVO is more expensive than diesel, for us it’s an investment in sustainability. We consider organic HVO fuel as significant milestone for reaching our sustainability goals.”

Environmentally-friendly facts

The fossil-free HVO fuel passed the test trail last winter on the Maiskogel to everybody’s complete satisfaction and was the decisive factor, together with the facts and figures listed below, in switching diesel with HVO.


Reduction in carbon emissions       90 %

Reduction in dust emissions            33 %

Reduction in nitric oxide                       9 %

Reduction in carbon monoxide         24 %

Reduction in hydrocarbon                  30 %