On a busy slope, the skiers and snowboarders shift snow throughout the day from the middle of the run towards the edges, and downhill towards the valley. Hummocks and uneven areas are created.
To prepare the slope (aka piste) for the next day, the driver takes on three essential steps with his PistenBully. In a first step, the driver uses the front-mounted plow blade and pushes the displaced snow back uphill and towards the center of the run, corrects the main uneven areas and fills holes with snow. In steep terrain, the winch prevents the vehicle from digging itself into the snow and ensures perfect traction. At the same time, the weight of the vehicle compresses the snow. The biggest challenge is to continuously adapt the plow blade to the terrain.
However, this is only the preparatory work for the efficient use of the AlpinFlex snow miller. Here, the sharp teeth on the milling shaft at the rear of the machine shred and refine the snow. The snow surface is broken up, loosened and crushed. Air escapes from the snow covering, resulting in fewer pore spaces. Smaller, irregularly sized snow grains also generate a better bond between one another.
The final touch
The finisher undertakes the final step and provides the typical groove pattern in the snow: the snow surface is then compacted so that perfect slope conditions are guaranteed.
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