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Theory and Practice
Italy, Austria and Switzerland hosted the training Seminars for this season
14.01.2020

In October and November, our Head Shapers, Park Designers, Project-, Technical and Regional Managers together with Snowcat Operators gathered, for the first time ever in three different countries, to prepare themselves optimally for the season kick-off, attending theoretical and practical courses held by our instructors.

New locations

This season started a bit earlier than usual for our aspirants as Snowcat Operators. Already at the beginning of October, they found themselves at Stilfser Joch, Italy, and got the possibility to test their skills on PRINOTH machines.

Switzerland and its beautiful setting in Zermatt hosted the second part of the training courses between October and November. This time, the training was dedicated to all project managers. The focus here was laid on Funslopes and thanks to the brand-new project Funslope Zermatt, all attendees could transform the theory into practice directly on site.

The final step of the training was held in well-known Obergurgl, Austria. The spot, enriched with a Cat Competence Center, gave the possibility, especially to Snowcat Operators, to learn how to properly maintain our fun-facilities and take care of their machines.

Furthermore, one of the cornerstones of the seminars was the topic safety in all its facets. In fact, as the head of our courses Gerald Kerschhackel explains: “We carry responsibility for our clients and guests which ride in our facilities. At the end of the day, everybody should go home safe and sound, with a smile on his face.”

Tradition and innovation

One of the latest innovations introduced in the Shape Academy is surely the digital facility planning, which “is the tool for a resource-saving deployment of the main cost drivers, artificial snow and machine hours” as CEO Jürgen Kipperer underlines.

Nonetheless, as Gerald Kerschhackel stresses: “the practical know-how and experience of the technical staff remain unavoidable for a proper facility building”.

The seminars concluded with success and involvement despite the long and intense theoretical part. A certificate of attendance was given to everyone taking part, as recognition for the dedication and the time spent in the mountains, looking for the perfect and ‘safest’ shape for this winter.

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