Desperate measures for snowless ski resort
The Local · 8 Jan 2016, 12:33
Published: 08 Jan 2016 12:33 GMT+01:00
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The video was shot at the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser in the Brixental Valley, where snow cannons are working overtime to spray a fine mist into the air which falls to the ground as snow.
This is then being shoved down the slope, creating a thin track for a large number of skiers gathering in crowds at the top.
At the same time a helicopter can be seen bringing in fresh snow, which is scooped into a huge load and then carried down from the high altitude snowfields to try and keep the thin white line in place.
The video notched up hundreds of thousands of users after being posted online, showing skiers struggling to stay on their feet on the narrow piste.
Many commented on the extreme measures that the ski resort was taking in order to squeeze money out of the winter tourists.
However, the ski resort's managers defended the move, saying the track was not really a piste but a crucial way of linking one part of the resort with another. They said that their main aim was simply to provide snow to allow skiers to enjoy themselves as they make their way to the pistes.
They added that because there were 25,000 holidaymakers they had been forced to act to keep the route open in order to make sure the different parts of SkiWelt could be reached.
The resort also added that fresh snow had fallen since the video was taken and that conditions for skiers are now looking better.
Story courtesy of Central European News.