Creating velvety snow
We call them the knights of the night: the piste machine drivers who groom 2.2 square kilometres of Alpine skiing slopes in Trysil every night.
Perfect surfaceThe experts say that it takes two to three years to become a good piste machine driver. In Trysilfjellet there are 20 drivers, who work in shifts so that every morning you and I have perfect slopes.
Advanced machinery fleetTrysilfjellet is the largest Alpine skiing resort in Norway with 66 slopes plus transport runs. To ensure that our guests enjoy the ultimate skiing, we have bought eight of the largest and most advanced piste machines on the market. We need this many machines to make sure the drivers cover the entire resort – a total of 2.2 square kilometres of Alpine skiing slopes.
44 degree incline - Piste 75 inclines 44 degrees and is the steepest slope we groom in Trysilfjellet. The snow's angle of repose is 45 degrees – if the slopes are steeper than that the snow won't lie properly. In other words, in the usual way we can't groom steeper slopes than piste 75, explains Trysilfjellet's slope manager Wegard Matsson.
Living room floorThe goal each night is to create a surface as level as that of a living room floor. But when it snows a lot during the morning and day, not all the slopes look like they have been just groomed. According to Matsson, for safety reasons grooming slopes in the usual way is not allowed when the lifts are open.
Snow has to be hardened - When the snow drifts down, none of the black slopes are groomed out of consideration for all the people who love to ski in loose snow. It also takes a bit of time for the surface to settle after a snow fall. Remember that groomed new snow has a hardening time of approximately two days.
Creating groovesSkiing on grooves, corduroy, velvet; the much loved surface has many names and it's what everyone wants, so that's what they get if they are out on the slopes when the lifts open in the morning.