TF10 solves noise problem at the Kappe
For years it was virtually impossible to solve the problem of guaranteed snow coverage on the "Erlebnisberg Kappe" mountain in Winterberg. "Our slopes are in the immediate vicinity of the residential neighborhood, said Christoph Braun, operations manager at the ski resort, "and the residents felt that the snow-making operations were a disturbance. The conflicts dragged on for years".
The ski resort in Sauerland is situated 596 m – 776 m above sea level. Without a snow-making system there is precious little chance of a scheduled start to the season in December, which explains why the Kappe has been relying on TechnoAlpin snow guns for years. "We were always satisfied with the performance of the snow guns", said Braun, thinking back, "but we used to get complaints from the residents about the noise level during the snow generation process". A dip between the slope and houses aggravated the problem further in that the sound was reflected and resulted in a multiple echo effect. The quest for a solution went on for years. "We worked with TechnoAlpin on the design of special soundproofing screens which were developed and made especially for us", said Braun, "and we also tried to timetable the snow-making processes differently". It was in the summer of 2012, however, that the solution to the problem was finally identified.
"We had the chance to test the new TF10 fan gun in the winter of 2012 and were satisfied from the word go", said Christoph Braun, reporting on the initial trial runs. A decision was then taken to install TF10 models to replace the existing T60 models.
He also commented on how important it had been to approach the residents and to show them the level of interest on the part of the operators in finding a solution. "Since last winter we have had no more complaints", added a delighted Braun, "which is partly down to the constructive dialog and, of course, partly due to the merits of the TF10".
Thanks to the new turbine with internal motor and a rotational speed of 1,500 rpm, the TF10 is much quieter than other models. Moreover, the sound is perceived as less of a noise nuisance due to its lower frequency. The excellent efficiency and the outstanding projection range constitute further advantages for the Kappe. "We can make about 12% more snow than before in the same time", said Braun, "which has allowed us to cut down on snow-making time". The projection range and the automatic pivot mechanism, which is supplied as standard with the TF10, enable optimum coverage of a large area. "As a result, less marshaling work is required", he continued, "which is another major advantage for our neighbors. We have held information meetings to explain to the residents what measures we are taking and to facilitate a dialog. This discussion was every bit as important as the structural changes and we enjoyed active support from TechnoAlpin. Product Manager Juris Panzani came to Winterberg several times to stand alongside us and explain aspects of the project".
Today the conflicts at the Kappe are ancient history. There is nothing else to stand in the way of a successful winter season. Thanks to the TF10, which boasts impressive output even in borderline temperatures, the system is not only quieter but also more efficient. More snow can be generated for the same amount of energy, and the optimum windows of opportunity for snow generation can be better exploited. A new six-seater chairlift is also being installed at the moment. The building work will be completed in time for the start of the season, making the facilities at the ski resort of Kappe even more attractive and providing optimum conditions for the ski enthusiasts to look forward to.