Soil disturbance caused by machines to smooth and level the roughness of terrain has a significant impact on soil physical and chemical properties. This influence is expressed particularly in changes of soil profile characteristics with higher share of skeleton, which therefore has an effects on soil water holding capacity. Our contribution describes the impacts of ski slope management on soil hydrological functions in the case study at Krvavec ski resort.
Mountain ecosystems such as managed pastures are rich in plant species, but also highly susceptible to any disturbances. A complete review of ski slope impacts on soil and vegetation is performed in an article, which pointed out the impacts of machine-graded ski slopes on soil and plant species diversity and relationships between species composition distribution and studied ecological parameters.