“The training paid off!”

Whether booked by the hour or the day or for the whole season, S&E’s groomer driver training programs and ski area counseling sessions are in demand throughout the Alps. They help operators save costs and improve trail quality at the same time.

It does not take long to learn how to handle a snow groomer, but if you want to achieve optimum results in terms of trail quality and efficient working you need a lot of knowledge, experience and skill. The driver training programs available from S&E – Snow & Efficiency enable you to see where time is wasted in daily work on the mountain, how the groomer routes can be optimized and where snow can best be stockpiled. The result is better quality trails and reductions in the variable costs of snow grooming. S&E provides the training in its clients’ ski areas using their own vehicles.

Winter package for Corvara

The fact that even the pros still have something to learn is shown by the case of Alta Badia in South Tyrol, where Ski Carosello Corvara booked the complete winter package, i.e. snow grooming and ski area counseling, and was clearly thrilled with the results. The initial skepticism with which the experienced drivers responded to the training programs quickly faded as they saw that there is always something to be learned: “It would’ve been real useful to have had all that information fifteen years ago. I more or less had to discover for myself everything I know today. And even after all those years working as a driver there is still plenty that is new to me,” says Matthias Vittur, driver for Grandi Funivie Alta Badia.

Carlo Canins, Technical Director Skiing at Carosello Corvara, is also delighted: “The goal of our partnership with S&E is to help groomer drivers acquire a greater awareness for their driving habits and reduce not only fuel consumption but also operating costs in general through the intelligent choice of routes and shorter idle times. This year’s season has been short and is now coming to an end, but with the help of S&E we have made good progress in achieving our objectives.”

The people at the Schilthorn Ski Area in Switzerland were also very satisfied with the results and booked a follow-up course for the 2014/15 season in the form of a driver competence development program. “At first our drivers were naturally of the opinion that they were good at handling their groomers, but the training course showed them that they still had a few things to learn. As a result, they made changes to their grooming work which have had a clearly positive impact,” says Peter Bühler, Ski Patrol Chief at Schilthornbahn AG.

The fact that the investment in driver training pays off is something that Rudolf Egarter, Technical Director at Sextner Dolomiten AG, can also confirm: “The training is very much worth the money. On the mountain, you immediately notice the improved quality of the trails. I definitely want to continue with the training next year and extend the program to include other ski areas operated by our company.”

In the meantime, S&E – Snow & Efficiency is adding to its existing products and services. In order to ensure optimum trail conditions with high-grade snow, the company’s focus on snow grooming is being extended to include man-made snow.

NEW: Induction and further training for snowmakers

This program includes theoretical and practical training for beginners and experts. Snowmakers and operatives learn all about efficient snow production and safe trail management.

Course contents

  • Snowmaking parameters
  • Basic structure of a ski trail
  • Tips for efficient snowmaking
  • Positioning mobile snowguns
  • Safe working with snowguns
  • Regular maintenance and servicing in summer

The dates and length of the training courses can be varied to meet individual requirements. Training can be booked by the hour or day or for the whole season, depending on the ski area’s needs and the prior knowledge and experience of the snowmaking team.

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In response to the positive feedback received, S&E has now extended its service offering to include induction and further training for snowmakers. Photo: Prinoth

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