INTERVIEW WITH ERWIN PETZ
SUPERSNOW: Mr Petz, how long have you worked for the snowmaking industry?
Erwin Petz: For 14 years I have worked as a managing director of mountain lifts in Riesneralm, so from the first day I am confronted with the snowmaking market.
SUPERSNOW: Managing director of mountain skilifts at Riesneralm? What is this job about?
Erwin Petz: Instead of the basic responsibilities of the managing director, It is important for me to be treated by partners and the whole region as a reliable partner and at the same time not neglect the social competences of employees. The big challenge is the fact that as a middle-sized company, we have to offer only the highest quality products and service, usually without the ability to reach the financial resources that are used by large ski resorts and regions. On the other hand, this is what increases the innovative strength of our company, thanks to which we have transformed the Riesneralm into a recognized ski resort with the help of unique industry ideas.
SUPERSNOW: When was the first time you heard about Supersnow? What was your first impression?
Erwin Petz: Thanks to our spectacular and very popular media performance at the Vienna Wiener Wiese festivities, where we organized a real skiing tournament in September. We found Supersnow as a partner for the implementation of our crazy idea. At the end the head of the festival mentioned, that it was the biggest spectacle in the history of Wiener Wiese.
SUPERSNOW: Why did you choose the company Supersnow GmbH from Roppen as a supplier of snow guns for Riesneralm? What impression does the Supersnow company make on you today?
Erwin Petz: Our slopes were previously equipped with Wintertechnik snowmaking installations, that's why we had to look for a new partner for investments. Convincing test results carried out by our snowmaking team became the basis for the decision to purchase snow guns from Supersnow. It was also important that the company has a branch in Austria and they can support us.
SUPERSNOW: Other manufacturers of snowmaking equipment are longer on the Austrian market. They are good at what they do and deserve a trust of the snow industry. But would you recommend other ski resorts cooperation with Supersnow? Why?
Erwin Petz: Of course, the comparison of Supersnow products gives the best results. Taking into account all aspects, we are very happy with the price / performance ratio.
SUPERSNOW: Do you think that the existence of a new company such as Supersnow in Austria (Roppen in Tyrol) is good for the industry?
Erwin Petz: Most of all, it's a big benefit for the entire industry. You have to use it. Other sectors of the industry clearly show us where the pricing policy is in the absence of competition.
SUPERSNOW: Do you want to continue cooperation with Supersnow?
Erwin Petz: Until the high quality of machines, on-site support and pricing policy are right, we will continue to cooperate. Of course, we take other companies into account all the time.