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Five questions to .... Lorenzo Taufer

Last week we had the opportunity to talk briefly with snow operations manager, Lorenzo Taufer, about his work as a snow-maker

Last week we welcomed the team from Alpe di Tognola ski resort who wished to learn more from the service department about this year's innovations. In the course of training on the latest product developments on our snow guns – last winter they created perfect ski conditions on the ski slopes around San Martino di Castrozza – we had the opportunity to talk briefly with snow operations manager, Lorenzo Taufer, about his work as a snow-maker.

1. When did you start work in this field?

"Many, many years ago (laughs). I have been working in this sector since 1982, but only starting on snow production in 1990. At around that time we did not have so much to do, because snow was mostly heaven sent.

2. What do you like best about your job?

"The best thing about my job is the satisfaction when a project you’ve been working on for a very long time is successfully completed. So, for example, I am always enormously pleased when the desired results are achieved within the scheduled time." 

3. What are you looking for in a new product?
"The most important thing when buying a new product is certainly ease of operation and user-friendly handling. It is also very important for me if the desired goal can be implemented and achieved in a few simple steps." 

4. What motivated you to become a snow operations manager?

"For me it was less a motivation, more a necessity for the ski area. After years as a snow groomer driver, it was sort of obvious that I could take care of the ski resort’s snowmaking side. Artificial snow was becoming much more important and so I changed to become a snow operations manager, exchanging my driving cab for the harsh cold of the outdoors."

5. How do you spend your leisure time?

"For us snow operations managers, free time is restricted to the summer, because in winter it is only sleep and work (laughs). In the summer I am very happy at home, looking after my horses, who help to restore my strength for the intensive work required during the winter months."