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One Of The First Austrian Runs Of The Season Is Built With Recycled Snow


There is typically only one way to get an early start on the ski season for most mountains. Most have to wait for the temperatures to drop and then start blowing snow. However, one of the first runs to open in Austria is made from recycled snow.

How does one recycle snow? That is a great question and the answer seems to be quite simple. One of the local ski hills at Kitzbühel, Austria keeps snow leftover from the prior season beneath insulated tarps. That snow is then spread out over a trail in the fall, which makes for a very strange sight, a strip of white laid out amongst the changing the foliage.

On October 19, the Resterkogel slope was opened for the 2019/2020 season, making it one of the first runs open, non-glacier, in Austria. It seems that this was much to the delight of local skiing enthusiasts as photos show a decent turnout.


Though, there are reports that there are some local environmental groups that are not happy with using this technique to open a ski run this early in the season. As reported in the following video from AFP News Agency, this has brought up the idea that using this technique has a negative effect on the climate.


However, since the hill has the blessing of local environmental protection authorities, we can only give a thumbs up to those getting to start their season in October on the other side of the Atlantic.

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