BEHIND THE SCENES IN ISCHGL: THE WAXING WORKSHOP

After the ski hire is before the ski hire. But how come every customer gets an almost new ski? The skis are tuned. How does such a large-scale ski service work? We took a look at how the Silvretta Sports professionals do it.

Skis get around quite a bit, especially when they’re for hire and in use in a region like Ischgl and Paznaun. On piste, off piste, through the moguls, over the ski jumps, and if there’s a stone in the way, well, it doesn’t matter, they’re just hired skis after all. When hired skis come back to the rental shop a few days later, they could probably tell a story or two. But they don’t. Instead, they get a new polish and off they go to the next customer.

The skis are really as good as new for the next rental. Making sure that happens is the job of Hannes Gastl and his colleagues. Every day they stand in a hall in Ischgl and tune skis – not just those from Silvretta Sports, but also skis from all the ski rental places in Ischgl.  And the skis which private customers hand over to the service after a long day on the piste, too.  There are different tuning methods, different polishes and coatings, depending on snow and weather conditions. We’ll tell you more about that here next time. 70 000 pairs of skis are tuned in this workshop every year, up to 1 200 pairs of skis per day at peak times. An average Ischgl rental ski passes through the hands of Gastl and his team up to 30 times a season. It can only be done using fully automated machines, as a ski service never lasts longer than 10 minutes. How does it work? Trisanna was there and took an exclusive picture.