The secret of perfectly groomed tracks
What could be better than gliding along in perfectly groomed and track-set cross-country ski trails? Almost a dozen skilled groomers work day and night behind the scenes to ensure that skiers find perfect conditions on over 200 kilometres of cross-country ski trails around Lake Achensee. The availability of trails depends on several factors such as snow depth, danger of avalanches, etc. The snow report provides daily updated information on trails open and groomed.
Already after the first snowfall in autumn, local building yard employees begin to flatten the fresh snow with a self-made roller made from old car tyres. The air is squeezed out of the snow and the ground underneath can freeze properly. After the next fresh snowfall the normal grooming equipment can be used.
The shift of the five-man crew that prepares the cross-country ski trails in Pertisau as far as the church in Eben and the Prälatenhaus in the Buchau district starts at six o’clock. First the old track is reworked and then a new one is set. In many cross-country skiing regions the tracks are prepared in the evening, but then you’ll have icy trail conditions in the morning, explains Albert Eberharter, head of the building yard in Eben am Achensee. Our tracks are always finely groomed, and not only after a fresh snowfall.
His colleagues in Achenkirch prepare the tracks in a similar way, but here the team of groomers has only two people. Trail preparation starts in autumn too. Before the first snowfall, Hubert Rainer flattens the hard grass stems left over by the cattle so that even in little snow cross-country ski tracks can be set.
Thomas Auer in Steinberg works all by himself. The part-time farmer gets on the groomer immediately when he comes out of the barn in the morning. He prepares almost 50 kilometres of trails. But that’s not all. He is also responsible for the toboggan run and sometimes even the ski slope in Steinberg. Already in autumn, he starts putting up the signposts and building the bridges over streams and ditches.