Our team at the Pitztaler Glacier & Rifflsee
The Pitztaler Gletscherbahn GmbH & Co KG is one of the 5 Tyrolean glacier ski areas. Our company operates 2 ski areas: The Pitztal Glacier and the Bergbahnen Rifflsee. Both areas are geographically very close to each other and form an extensive skiing and hiking area at the end of the Pitztal valley.
In total, more than 80 employees work in and with nature to ensure that our guests have a relaxing stay in the Pitztal Nature Park and Glacier Region. Each of our employees makes a significant contribution in his or her area of work to ensure that your mountain experience is unforgettable.
Tyrol’s most beautiful valley end and THE HIGHEST OF TIROL stand for: Uniqueness, authenticity, personal encounters and working together for a tomorrow fit for grandchildren.
Pistenbullyteam - The heroes of the night
The PistenBully snow groomers boast up to 500 hp under the hood. Their drivers plan for eight hours a day – usually at dusk or under a starry sky. The skills of the PistenBully driver are crucial to ensure the ski slopes are presented as soft powdery carpets the next morning. Not only do they know the weather forecasts and terrain in detail, the PistenBullies are swiftly on hand to smooth things out again if necessary. But it is when they are working on particularly steep slopes, their heavy equipment hanging from a rope winch – this is when they remember who they really are: they are the heroes of the night – real lads, who love their job!
Our team around the workshop
Of course it is the workers in our workshop, situated at 3,000 metres altitude, who can do just about everything: they maintain and repair all the machines and vehicles, from the excavators to the Pistenbullies, earth movers, trucks, cars, skidoos and sometimes even the snow cannons. Even if a kitchen appliance is not cooperating, our workshop team are quick to step in and get it going again. Not without our workshop – saviours in all situations
The men for the perfect snow
When there is not enough snow falling from the sky, our snowmaking team keeps the slopes white. The artificial glitter crystals consist solely of air and water (of drinking water quality). With the humidity, air and water temperatures just right, and with the help of a pumping station, the snowmaking team use their expertise to make it snow from the snow cannons and lances. They are the men for the snow – and the real helpers of mother nature!
The gastronomy team at THE HIGHEST OF TYROL
Even the food for our kitchen has to make it up the mountain, usually arriving by lift, sometimes by snowcat if there is a rush. Did you know that the boiling point of water decreases with altitude? Other than that, it’s business as usual. The hard-working helpers in the kitchen and restaurant make sure the food is on the table quickly, even at peak times. They cook under special conditions – with regional products!
Our employees see it all
One hour before starting up, the ever-helpful lift personnel check all facilities and equipment to ensure families, senior citizens and mono skiers are transported safely. Our lift team also observes any movement of the glacier – regularly moving the clamps on the drag lift, among other things, to ensure the rope and clamps do not get damaged. And if there happens to be particularly strong movement of the glacier, lift towers are sometimes moved. Ready to help young and old – with a close eye on equipment at all times!
The counter team - a three-wheeled house
Whether there are freak conditions or snowstorms, the Glacier Road must be safe at any time of year. That is why, when it is snowing, the road team starts clearing the road at 4 o’clock in the morning. In order to make the journey an enjoyable experience in both summer and winter, the road team will stabilise slopes, drain away any water and repair the asphalt pavement. Ensuring perfect road conditions – and early riser!
The creative minds at alpine heights
True to the motto WE STAY ON THE GROUND AND THINK HIGH OUT, the marketing team takes care of the Pitztal Glacier and the Rifflsee. In the office in the valley – together with the teams at alpine heights – new ideas are developed for your unforgettable mountain experience on THE HIGHEST OF TYROL.