Quite a while after plans first started for acquiring a snow measurement tool, Arlberger Bergbahnen AG started carrying out comprehensive tests of the solutions from various providers during the 2010/2011 season. In the 2013/14 season, the decision was taken to use ARENA slope management. "This solution was the most convincing. It performed best in daily work processes and in terms of usability", said Siegfried Trenkwalder of the decision to choose the PowerGIS product. "Naturally, using such a tool meant breaking away from the usual structures. At first, some drivers felt their expertise was being questioned. But they quickly realised that this instrument is a helpful tool, makes their jobs easier and enriches their expertise instead of devaluing it" said Raaß about the launch phase. Six machines are already being used with the ARENA snow height measurement although Trenkwalder says that drivers are frequently demanding further upgrades.
Ease of planning in all areas
Franz Schett is one of the drivers that gets to work with the tool every day - and is absolutely convinced of the advantages of ARENA. "We benefit enormously from snow height measurement. I couldn't imagine being without this instrument when working on the slopes each day.
I can always keep track of the snow distribution - this means I can be sure that I am working strategically and efficiently. You can work much faster and confidently when you know how much snow you can move when and how.
This makes work both more pleasant and more effective. The available snow is thus used with optimum efficiency - and that is the best case scenario for any company. Other areas, such as spreading snow, will be coordinated with the driver in charge of preparation using the data collected.
Planning is thus improved
in every respect".