The two managers Rieder and Eisath promptly set about building a snow gun themselves using standard agricultural equipment, such as the hay dryer from the parental farm. After a few test runs the prototype matched the quality of the snow gun from the USA. Obereggen AG bought the prototype and allowed Eisath and Rieder the scope to develop their snow gun further.
The other ski resorts in the area increasingly showed their interest in the snow-making solutions. The company WI.TE. was set up in the mid-1980s and would later lead to the formation of TechnoAlpin in 1990.
TechnoAlpin was operating internationally from the outset. The founders of the business were convinced that success in the niche market of snow-making systems was reserved for companies which were selling their snow-making systems internationally and were therefore able to increase investment in research and development.