A 25-year partnership
With perfect snow-covered pistes from December to April and one of the longest runs in the Trentino Alto Adige region – the Olimpia slope – the Alpe Cermis ski resort is one of the finest in the Dolomites.
The slopes' excellent aspect and their artificial snow-making systems provide a further promise of great snow quality, for top skiing conditions even in less favorable periods of the winter season.
TechnoAlpin has been working closely with the Trentino ski resort Funivie Alpe Cermis for a quarter of a century. Looking back, the resort managers installed their first snow guns in 1988, when the Bolzano firm was still known as WI.TE.
In 2004, after enduring a few tough years, the resort's management put their faith in TechnoAlpin, which has modernized and extended the existing snow-making system. "We chose TechnoAlpin mainly because we have a genuine relationship with them. Their stand-out quality in the marketplace, besides their reliability and advanced products, are the people working there," explains Giulio Misconel, President of Funivie Alpe Cermis SpA. "It is always a pleasure to work with such a can-do group of young people."
The 2004 project saw the installation of new snow guns, machine rooms, and cooling towers, not to mention underground pipes to carry data cables, water, and air. The entire system was then automated, and in 2012 the software was upgraded with the implementation of ATASSplus. Today, the 99 guns – made up of 66 fan guns and 33 lances – ensure excellent snow cover over 613,000 m² of slopes, for a total investment of around €11 million.
Efficiency through optimal planning
"Together with the TechnoAlpin technicians, we tested the various snow guns available and then choosing for our slopes those best suited to the existing conditions. That's how we found the solution to optimize the system's energy efficiency," adds Silvano Seber, CEO of Funivie Alpe Cermis SpA. "We took into account the width of the slopes, the height difference, the effects of the wind, and the quantity of snow required. Now that we have an entirely automated installation, we can also exploit the ever-narrower windows for artificial snow-making to the full. What's more, we operate the whole system from before the season starts: from the start of the base snow making until April. It is an extremely reliable and efficient system."
Another winter will soon be upon us. The two managers are confident: the aim this year is to repeat the 210,000 first entrances of last season. They will be backed by the TechnoAlpin guns, which will start up at the first cold snap to begin the base snow making.