Snow-making in the Sudelfeld ski area has been running since last weekend.
And that although it is currently completely unclear due to the lockdown when the lifts can go into operation.
The start of the ski season is still in the stars because of Corona.
Nevertheless, snow-making has started on Sudelfeld.
The operators hope for the beginning of January.
- The snowmakers have started their work.
The production of white gold in the Sudelfeld ski area has been running since last weekend.
And that although it is currently completely unclear due to the corona lockdown when the lifts can go into operation.
"Basic snow-making is essential," explains Egid Stadler, Managing Director of Bergbahnen Sudelfeld GmbH.
Even if the ski season cannot open until the New Year, a good base is needed to be able to prepare the slopes quickly and largely regardless of the weather.
Artificial snow is stored in "depots"
The tactics differ from normal years, explains Stadler.
In order to make the snowmaking as efficient as possible and thus also cost-saving, the machines are only allowed to run at a low base temperature of around -7 degrees Celsius.
In addition, the cannons and lances do not spray the artificial snow over the wide area, but pile it up on a few points.
According to Stadler, these "depots" have the advantage that the snow lasts longer even if there is a possible warmth.
The distribution by snow groomers will only start when the season is just around the corner.
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Not only for reasons of durability, the ski resort operators will not create continuous snow tracks for the time being.
They also hope that this will prevent ski tourers from using the closed runs for an alternative to alpine skiing.
Stadler sends a strong warning to all board fans who nevertheless play with this idea.
The slopes are criss-crossed with hoses and cables, the machines are not yet covered with upholstery.
The risk of accidents is correspondingly high.
There is no liability claim in view of the blocking.
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The mountain railway manager would rather switch on his lifts today than tomorrow, he emphasizes.
Even if the lockdown currently only lasts until December 20, Stadler no longer expects the season to start before Christmas.
"Right now I would be happy if the New Year started."
Bergbahnen boss: "Skiing doesn't mean après-ski à la Ischgl"
Although he can understand the Corona measures, he would like a more differentiated view of the ski areas.
The Sudelfeld, for example, has no closed gondolas, so the skiers are only in the fresh air.
In order to avoid crowds of people at the cash registers, a new online shop has been set up with contactless collection of ski passes via smartphone.
“Skiing doesn't mean après-ski à la Ischgl,” explains Stadler.