On Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March, 130 snow-makers from all over Austria met in the ski center of Kühtai at 2020m, in the heart of the Alps of the Stubai.
The goal of this meeting was to inform and update the snow-makers and the technical managers of the various services that TechnoAlpin offers.
Throughout the first day, some of the TechnoAlpin staff held small conferences on various subjects.
Among the subjects covered, was the revolutionary ATASS and ATASSplus system. The young ATASS department manager, Thomas Burger, explained how this system operates. It is software that can be integrated into any network, collecting data from the snow guns and weather stations, thereby optimizing the production of snow thanks to a few simple clicks of the mouse.
With Juris Panzani, Product Manager at TechnoAlpin, guests could take a look at the company's history. Presentation of the first manual guns developed by TechnoAlpin back in 1985 led up to the presentation of the new completely automatic guns.
Markus Pfeifer, site construction manager at TechnoAlpin, explained the workings of a pump station from inside and the various pump systems that TechnoAlpin offers.
The fourth presentation was held inside the hydroelectric plant of Kühtai. Here the snow-makers were able to see with their own eyes how a flowing water hydroelectric plant works. In fact here, river water, which is collected in three artificial lakes, is conveyed into special hydraulic turbines which are rotated by the flow of water. Alternators that transform the mechanical energy of rotation into electricity are connected to the rotating shaft of the turbines. The sight of this immense generator which turns at a very high speed was certainly striking.
Topping the day was the participation of the former Austrian alpine skier, Michael Walchhofer, who, in an interview, explained the importance of technical snow-making in tourism and competitive sports. At the end of the interview, the former world champion of downhill skiing dined with all the participants.
On the second day, the snow-makers accompanied by the manager of the Kühtai ski resort, Wilhelm Mareiler, and the TechnoAlpin technicians, visited the other three pump stations spread across the entire resort and admired the various fan guns located on the slopes.
The champion, Michael Walchhofer, also accompanied the snow-makers, to then ski with them on the completely white slopes of Kühtai.