The slopesare closed to all every day from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. for grooming. During this time, snow groomers are in operation – there is a risk of death or serious injury. In this context, reference is made to Schliersee's ordinance.
During the winter season, our snow groomers are in operation every day to provide our guests with perfectly-groomed slopes. Our staff is at work on the slopes with heavy equipment in the evening, once the lifts have closed, or in the early hours of the morning, depending on the snow and weather conditions.
Nevertheless, our guests are sometimes dissatisifed with state of the slopes. As a rule, this is not due to insufficient grooming but rather to circumstances beyond our control. Despite careful grooming, the slopes are at times "bumpy", "icy" or "slushy". This will depend on the prevailing snow and weather conditions, extreme temperature fluctuations, the number of people using the slopes and, ultimately, a person's own skiing skills.
If it has snowed overnight, for example, our snow groomers are under way in the early hours of the morning. Because freshly prepared new snow cannot bind firmly with the snow already on the ground by the time the lifts open, the slopes will seem very soft on such days. If snow continues to fall while the slopes are being groomed, it might be the case that slopes groomed in the early morning hours have a new layer of snow on them by the time the lifts open, thus giving the impression that they have not been groomed at all. If on such days there are also a large number of skiers on the slopes, bothersome piles of snow can develop very early in the day. Unfortunately, it is not possible to groom the slopes while the lifts are open for reasons of safety and liability.
In the spring, the snow can become very soft and heavy during the day due to high temperatures. In other words, the snow becomes "slushy". At night, the temperatures once again fall below zero and the snow freezes. This often results in icy slopes in the morning. This means that it is not only the level of experience that our staff has that plays a major role in determining the quality of the groomed slopes but also the weather.
Snow-making equipment is an important part of the infrastructure of every up-to-date ski area. It provides the foundation for the high level of quality that our winter sports guests expect. The basic concept behind snowmaking is the production of snow by forcing water and pressurized air through a "snow cannon" onto the ski slopes. The temperatures must be under -3°C to create good snow. In our area, the water for the snowmaking equipment comes from a reservoir that is filled exclusively by rain and melting snow. An unbroken snow cover protects the vegetation from damage, frost and erosion.
The amount of energy that state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment requires annually for an area measuring 20 hectares is less than that needed for a community swimming pool.