Forum Alpitec – Discussing the future of Snowmaking
Forum Alpitec, as a part of Prowinter 2016, will be held from April 6 to 8 in Bolzano. Forum Alpitec is the new discussion platform focusing on current issues and future challenges faced by mountain industry players. TechnoAlpin will host one of the discussions of Forum Alpitec: “Snow at above-zero temperatures... Is this the future?”
High level speakers will debate around this major question on April 6th at TechnoAlpin headquarter: Lukas Lehner, Business Development manager from the MeteoGroup, Geir Olson, CEO of Norwegian Snow Consulting, Franz Hörl, Chairman of the Association of Cable Cars of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Erich Gummerer CEO of TechnoAlpin will take the floor to address this issue.
This debate will contribute to give a deeper insight in one of the major challenges for the future of winter ski industry and ski resorts worldwide and to which extend and how they will need to adjust: Evolution of conventional snowmaking, all-weather snowmaking machines, snow storage etc… In light of the beginning of the 2015/16 winter season which saw short and late cold windows of opportunities combined with a lack of natural snow falls, this debate will be particularly interesting.
“Snow at above-zero temperatures... Is this the future?” on April 6th, 17:30 at TechnoAlpin Headquarter.
Lukas Lehner, Meteorologist MeteoGroup Schweiz AG
The MeteoGroup from Switzerland is one of the leading private weather services worldwide. More than 400 staff at 17 locations supply high-quality weather information to companies, the media and private customers. Customized systems and visualizations assist MeteoGroup customers with key decision-making processes. In his keynote speech, Lukas Lehner will discuss the extent to which the starting point for winter tourism has changed and will continue to do so. His presentation will provide an insight into how ski resorts will need to adjust to changes in climate in coming years.
Geir Olsen, CEO of Norwegian Snow Consulting
Geir Olsen is the expert for snow at above-zero temperature, regardless of whether it involves snow-making, snow depots or snow preparation. Thanks to his wealth of knowledge, he has managed important events, such as slope preparation for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In 2015, he helped the Norwegian ski resort of Geilo achieve a record-breaking start to the season on 12 September, thanks to a snow depot and snow factory. A solution for other ski resorts?
Franz Hörl, Chairman of the Association of Cable Cars of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce
Franz Hörl has been the CEO of Gerlos Cable Cars since 1979 and has served on the national councils of committees for tourism, environment, business and industry, construction, agriculture and forestry, and consumer protection since 2006. For him, tourism is a core national economic factor that promotes prosperity outside metropolitan areas. However, it requires an efficient and state-of-the-art infrastructure. “By expanding snow-making activities, we will not only meet customer requirements for optimal slope conditions, but at the same time create regional economic systems, jobs and livelihoods in rural areas”, stresses Austria’s top cable car expert.