The container with the distinctive jeep on top. The kicker. The rails. The airbag. The (mostly) cool music you can hear far and wide. You really can’t miss the snowpark in Ischgl, an almost magical centre of attraction for snowboarders and skiers alike. But for a handful of employees at the Silvretta Seilbahn AG cable car company, it’s also a whole lot more: the shaper crew, who have to keep it in great condition every day.
After the shaping the shaper crew like to sit in the container and watch the freestylers jumping. You can’t leave Ischgl Snowpark alone, says Daniel, because there are always people who could ski into the park and do crazy things. Like jumping on the mats with ski poles. Another classic is coming up to the jumps with too short a gap to the next rider. And if you listen to him, you also understand why the approach to the popular airbag is limited. “Some people would take so much of a run up that they would jump right over the bag,” says Daniel, and laughs. Not Daniel himself, of course. Because he himself hits the kicker a couple of times a day on good days. Nobody could say, after all, that the work up here isn’t also fun.