Interview 4 - Germano Alberti (Madonna di Campiglio, Italy)
1 - What made you decide to take this job? Did you always want to work in this industry?
I’ve been working in the industry since 1987 and have been Snow-making Manager for the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort since 1998. It’s a passion of mine to produce snow. That’s why I decided to take this job.
2 - What exactly do you do in the ski resort? How long have you been at it?
I’m responsible for the snow-making equipment at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort. In other words, I’m responsible for making sure there’s enough top-quality snow at the right time and in the right place. Good and close collaboration with the snow preparation team means we can guarantee customers will have excellent snow coverage for the whole season. The aim is for the slopes to always be prepared and covered to the best of our ability.
3 - What do you like about your work?
Snow production itself is a great job. Even though I’ve been working in this sector for quite some time, it still gives me pleasure each time we succeed in generating top-quality snow. I’m always proud once the snow has been prepared and spread on the slopes, and the customers have a great winter and ski experience. You could say my work gives pleasure to others and I like that.
4 - What’s your usual working day like?
There’s a briefing each morning with the snow and slope preparation teams. We go through the production procedures together and analyse the work of the previous night. We end by discussing the objectives and procedures for snow-making and slope preparation that night. We prepare everything for the next evening’s snow production. This includes analysing the weather data but also relying on our experience. Snow production is in full swing during the evening and night. The work schedule starts again the next morning with the team briefings. That closes the loop.
5 - How has snow-making developed or changed in recent years?
In the beginning, we worked more with manual snow guns. The development by TechnoAlpin of automated snow production using machines has reduced the work of the staff and made it easier. A lot of what we used to do manually is now done automatically by the snow guns. Automated snow-making has also reduced the need for supervisors. From a technical point of view, snow production has developed very positively.
6 - What do you do outside the ski season?
Many people think that the snow teams don’t do any work outside the ski season but for us it’s an important period. That’s when the performance of the snow-making equipment is assessed and analysed. We also go over the previous winter season... what went well, what didn’t. The snow guns are serviced. They work hard in winter and need to do so the next season as well. This means evaluating the past season and getting the snow-making equipment into shape for the coming season. And of course enlargements of the snow-making equipment are also on the schedule.