The Kaunertaler Gletscherbahnen GmbH is one of the 5 Tyrolean glacier ski areas. In addition to the glacier, the company also operates the Fendels ski area. Altogether we have over 100 employees working on our 142 hectare mountain world. We’re proud that our team make such a significant contribution towards what makes our company so unique, authentic and personal.
They are the heroes of the night – real lads, who love their job
The 10 PistenBully snow groomers boast up to 500 hp under the hood. Their drivers plan for eight hours a day – usually at dusk or under a starry sky. The skills of the PistenBully driver are crucial to ensure the ski slopes are presented as soft powdery carpets the next morning. Not only do they know the weather forecasts and terrain in detail, the PistenBullies are swiftly on hand to smooth things out again if necessary. But it is when they are working on particularly steep slopes, their heavy equipment hanging from a rope winch – this is when they remember who they really are: the heroes of the night!
Not without our workshop – saviours in all situations
Of course it is the workers in our workshop, situated at 3,000 metres altitude, who can do just about everything: they maintain and repair all the machines and vehicles, from the excavators to the Pistenbullies, earth movers, trucks, cars, skidoos and sometimes even the snow cannons. Even if a kitchen appliance is not cooperating, our workshop team are quick to step in and get it going again.
When Mother Nature needs a little help
When there is not enough snow falling from the sky, our snowmaking team keeps the slopes white. The artificial glitter crystals consist solely of air and water (of drinking water quality). With the humidity, air and water temperatures just right, and with the help of a pumping station, the snowmaking team use their expertise to make it snow from the snow cannons and lances.
They cook under special conditions – with regional products
Even the food for our kitchen has to make it up the mountain, usually arriving by lift, sometimes by snowcat if there is a rush. Did you know that the boiling point of water decreases with altitude? Other than that, it’s business as usual. The hard-working helpers in the kitchen and restaurant make sure the food is on the table quickly, even at peak times.
Ready to help young and old – with a close eye on equipment at all times
One hour before starting up, the ever-helpful lift personnel check all facilities and equipment to ensure families, senior citizens and mono skiers are transported safely. Our lift team also observes any movement of the glacier – regularly moving the clamps on the drag lift, among other things, to ensure the rope and clamps do not get damaged. And if there happens to be particularly strong movement of the glacier, lift towers are sometimes moved.
Ensuring perfect road conditions – and early risers
Whether there are freak conditions or snowstorms, the Glacier Road must be safe at any time of year. That is why, when it is snowing, the road team starts clearing the road at 4 o’clock in the morning. In order to make the journey an enjoyable experience in both summer and winter, the road team will stabilise slopes, drain away any water and repair the asphalt pavement.
Ticket Counter Staff
Always willing to listen – and know just about everything
Finally there! You always want things to speed along with no bottlenecks, especially at the lift counters, so that the fun can begin! At the tollbooth and ticket counters, all visitors are told about any discounts and given useful information. As the first point of contact, they can tell you where to hire your skis, know the latest weather conditions and direct you to the nearest toilet. They stay calm and in a good mood, even when demand is high. And if you need any other information besides tickets, the friendly employees at the ticket counters and tollbooth are always happy to help.