14 December 2017
Guided tours behind the scenes of mountain cable cars and slope maintenance services for ski sports in Austria
Skiing, snowboarding are the favorite winter sports activities of the Austrians. The popularity of skiing started in combination with ski-mountaineering in the 1920ie. In the 1950ies, the winter sports activity became literally accessible for everyone - thanks to the mountain infrastructure with transportation opportunities like cable cars for bringing skiers uphill and slopes that make the downhill experience more secure. Today, selected Austrian ski regions are well connected and allow people to cross areas and even country borders on the back and sides of mountains.
This winter season 2017/18, two tours provide insights into the history of mountain cableways and the making of slopes inclusively their maintenance.
- At the Montafon in Vorarlberg, guided tours behind the scenes of the Bergbahnen Gargellen (image above left) are scheduled every week on Tuesday since 12 December 2017 until mid-April 2018 (details in English - German).
- And on 4 January 2018 in Salzburg, visitors can look behind the making of slopes at the Bergbahnen Dorfgastein (details in English - German).
fig. from left: Behind the scenes at the snow groomer garage at Bergbahnen Gargellen, Vorarlberg. Photo: Christoph Schöch Photography GmbH; (C) by www.christophschoech.com / Bergbahnen Gargellen.
Right: View at the slope with snow mobile of the piste rescue service at Dorfgastein in Salzburg. Photo: (C) Dorfgasteiner Bergbahnen AG.