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SNOWsat is a professional slope and fleet management system with snow depth measurement, which is based on satellite-guided positioning.

Snow depth measurement
The current position of the snow groomer is continually plotted to an accuracy of a few centimeters. The value that results after deducting the vehicle height is then compared with the depth value of a digital terrain model (reference depth) stored in the system. The snow depth at the current vehicle position is the difference between these two heights.

Precise positioning is essential for high-accuracy snow depth measurement. This requires correction signals, which eliminate system-related inaccuracies, increasing positioning accuracy still further. The SNOWsat base station calculates these figures using GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellite signals. The correction signals are sent to the snow groomers directly or with the help of repeaters. These may be required to guarantee optimum reception in ski resorts with complex topography.
In the snow groomer the GNSS receiver and the on-board computer continually calculate position, snow depth and other vehicle data, record it and present it on the touchscreen in the driver's cab. When the vehicle is within range of a SNOWsat WiFi access point the data is automatically transmitted to the SNOWsat server and stored there.

Slope and fleet management
The analysis software being used with SNOWsat enables the slope and fleet managers to access diverse information and perform additional analysis processes. This results in diverse effects: optimized workflows and vehicle routes, for example, increase efficiency and also reduce fuel consumption. Vehicle data and snow depths are displayed easily and clearly on a map of the ski resort.
The production of man-made snow is one of the biggest cost factors in a ski resort. SNOWsat delivers detailed information on which snow guns need to be activated and when. This enables the resort to optimize use of the snow groomers and produce snow only as needed. An enormous financial advantage, which covers the investment costs in a surprisingly short time.

Orientation and safety
SNOWsat also provides the driver with an overview of all important information. It actively supports orientation around the site - regardless of the weather or visibility conditions. In addition to displaying snow depths, slope edges, snowmaking facilities, roads and paths, the system also warns drivers of danger zones and alerts them to the presence of other snow groomers and their winch ropes, if these vehicles are equipped with SNOWsat systems.

Vehicle system
Your PistenBully or even a third-party vehicle are equipped with the chosen SNOWsat vehicle system. This can be done either ex works or locally in the ski resort. There are various systems to choose from, individually tailored for slope management and/or complete fleet management.

How it works!

High saving and optimisation potentials, plus many additional benefits, make SNOWsat a worthwhile investment in the future for any ski resort



15 %* less man-made snow
Snow produced only as needed
Real-time display of snow depth in the vehicle
Accuracy of snow depth measurement to within +/- 3 cm

Fuel consumption

8 %* less fuel consumption
Saving thanks to optimized routes and more economical driving
Real-time display of tracks taken

Less operating time

5 %* less operating time
Reduction through analysis and optimization of operating tasks

Everything at a glance

Touchscreen in the vehicle

• Map display of in the ski resort including anchor points, snow guns, slope edges, etc.
• Vehicle route display
• Snow depth display (current position and whole ski resort)


• Detailed display and evaluation of recorded vehicle data
• Timeline view to identify workflows
• Individual views (e.g. engine data v. speed)

SNOWsat Fleet

• Graphs and tables showing detailed vehicle data and groomed slopes
• Facilitates efficient deployment of vehicle fleet
• Driver and cost centre management
• Export function


• Graphic display of snow depth with an accuracy of +/- 3 cm
• Snow management to optimise snow production
• Data exchange with snow-making facilities


SNOWsat has an own facebook-page.
Just take a look here!


You'll find more information here.

SNOWsat Brochure

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Mount St. Louis CANADA

JASNA Slovakia

Warth Austria

Almtal-Bergbahnen Austria

Olympiaregion Seefeld Austria

Gerlitzen-Kanzelbahn Austria

Berg- & Skilift Hochsöll Austria

Tourismusverband Kaprun Austria

Rosshütte Austria

Unterberghornbahnen Austria

Gerlospass Königsleiten Austria

Feldberg Germany

Kotelnica Poland

Patscherkofel Austria

St. Vigil Italy

Männlichen Switzerland

Weisse Arena Switzerland

Bergbahnen Sölden

Sölden Austria

Schnalstaler Bergbahnen

Schnalstaler Bergbahnen Italy

Grossglockner Heiligenblut

Heiligenblut Austria

Golm the first mountain in Montafon

Golm Austria

Mariazeller Bürgeralpe

Mariazeller Bürgeralpe Austria


Stoos Switzerland

Skiarea Miara

Skiarea Miara Italy


Meiringen-Hasliberg Switzerland


Wurzeralm Austria


Hinterstoder Austria


Gstaad Switzerland

St. Moritz Switzerland

Tele Villars Gryon Switzerland

Jiminy Peak USA

Alta Badia Italien

Les Houches Frankreich

Colfosco Italien

Val Thorens Frankreich

Thüringer Wald Deutschland

Réallon France

Cardrona New Zealand

SIT Canazei Italy

Levi Finland

Funivie Madonna Di Campiglio Italy

Les Saisies France

Zugspitze Top of Germany Germany

Diamond Peak United States

La Toussuire France

Annaberg Lifte Austria

Hochkrimmler Seilbahnen Austria

Engelberg - Titlis Switzerland

Orelle France

Hochkönig Austria

Sierra Nevada Spain

Jungholz - Die Schneesicheren Austria

Söllereck Bahn Germany

Les 2 Alpes 3600 France

Alpe D’Huez France

Mottolino - Fun Mountain Italy

Ski Juwel Austria

Flumser Berg Switzerland

Gemeindealpe Austria

Happy Gschwandtkopf Lifte Austria

Isaberg Sweden

Imbergbahn Skiarena Germany

Jungfrau Ski Region Switzerland

Carosello Italy

Customer feedback

Matthias In-Albon Gstaad

"I had already known about SNOWsat for a while. The system has really been upgraded over the last few years." [ more ]

Tyler Fairbank Jiminy Peak

"I would highly recommend it. We can’t imagine living without it!" [ more ]

Thomas Lingg Imbergbahn

“We have been able to keep the valley downhill open for much longer. This means a six-figure income boost for us. We have invested our money really well here!” [ more ]

Marco Luggen and Toni Fuhrer Grindelwald

"The main benefit we see is that drivers get their feedback 1:1 in the vehicle and can react straightaway to that." [ more ]

Arnold Holl Jungholz

"SNOWsat has become a powerful tool for us in the preparation of outstanding slopes. We use it to decide when to move the snow-making systems." [ more ]

Brad Wilson Diamond Peak

"The SNOWsat system provided and installed by PistenBully was extremely helpful for Diamond Peak being able to provide a quality experience to our customer." [ more ]

Anton Ostler Bay. Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG

"We were able to test the system in winter 2012/2013. It impressed us immediately. Because ist saves real money – and saved us throughout the season during the past snow-poor winter." [ more ]

Stephan Schelbli Titlis Bergbahnen

"Thanks to SNOWsat we can also offer perfect slopes in a snow-poor winter. The investment in snow management is worth it: skier days with us at Titlis are actually increasing." [ more ]

Jack Coughlin Diamond Peak

"SNOWsat has been a valuable tool for grooming as well as for snowmaking. With this year’s low snow conditions the grooming staff is better able to manage the snow surface." [ more ]

Fernando Perathoner S.I.T.C. S.p.A.

"Despite the warm weather last week we are not worried about the end of the season. We are very relaxed because we are superbly equipped." [ more ]

Installation from A-Z


Customer service engineer Tobias Kirsamer: “Well prepared is half the battle!”


SNOWsat for the entire fleet


The licence for radio communication had been granted and a frequency assigned – but the signal noise prevailed. The radio authority came and could rapidly solve all problems.

Hand in Hand. Completely equipping a whole ski resort with SNOWsat requires comprehensive preparation and a considerable amount of knowledge. We accompanied our customer service engineer, Tobias Kirsamer, during the installation in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Being involved from the very beginning
Tobias Kirsamer works in technical customer service and is responsible for, among others, Eastern European countries. He established initial contacts as early as June because he was brought on board during the sales negotiations to provide professional support to the decision makers - in Kotelnica - Białka Tatrzańska, Poland and Jasna, Slovakia - and to remove possible concerns. At that time, he already clarified details such as individual requirements as well as data and infrastructure that the ski resorts needed to provide on their own. Together with plant and workshop managers, IT specialists and the external surveyor, he inspected the ski resort and the possible locations for the base station and the repeater, to guarantee optimum reception. In the summer of 2016, both ski resorts decided to completely equip their fleets with SNOWsat. In Jasna, they ordered three new PistenBully 600 SCR including SNOWsat, which were delivered in the fall. In Kotelnica, one new vehicle and eight existing ones, from which two were third-party vehicles, had to be equipped with SNOWsat on-site.

Good preparation is everything!
After the initial planning and communication takes place, a lot of emails and phone calls follow. Tobias discusses the circumstances with his local contacts. A terrain model has to be contracted out and the server of the ski resort's IT department has to be prepared. Tobias identifies the best location for the base station and the repeater using a simulation program. A location with a good view is, based on experience, also the perfect location for the station, but control is everything!
At the same time, the ski resorts apply for a license at the frequency authority. A good thing because later on Tobias will have to deal with a serious frequency disturbance...

Let's go! Installation!
"The most important part of such a project is careful preparation," says Tobias Kirsamer. "The ski resorts in Poland and the Czech Republic are more than 1,000 km away. Therefore, it is not only inconvenient, but also extremely expensive when something goes wrong or is missing." That being said, Tobias is well prepared. Some of the necessary components and his tools travel with him in his car. The rest is delivered by truck at the same time. On site, he works together with the technicians of the respective PistenBully representation. "This makes communication easier because Polish and Czech languages are over my head!" Together with the ski resort's staff, they start installing the base station and the repeater. "Here, you have to be able to improvise. Try soldering an antenna cable at minus 10 degrees! In Jasna, we prepared the cables and the base station box inside and installed it later on outside on the weather station's mast." However, there is always something: In this particular installation, the requested frequency showed disturbances, which can cause difficulties in measuring the snow depth.

Clarification with the frequency authority is done by the ski resort and fortunately, they quickly receive an interference-free frequency. Back in Laupheim, Tobias remotely installs the programs on the server - as soon as the terrain model is available - clarifies last details and prepares everything for the next visit.

Finally! All set for the winter!
Now everything should work. The ski-resort-specific software is automatically installed in the client's vehicle systems. Tobias puts each one in operation and makes sure that everything runs smoothly. Now, his night shift starts and he takes extra time for that. He spends two nights riding along with everyone in Kotelnica, switches from vehicle to vehicle and explains the system, operation and the many application possibilities to each driver on the screen. "That is always a very intense time. The drivers learn the most here. And so do I!" Because driving the vehicles is the easiest way to find out if everything is running smoothly. Tobias tests small adjustments right in the vehicle and imports them into the system the following morning. "In the beginning, it can happen that the accuracy varies by a few centimetres. But that is quickly corrected and afterwards I can be sure that it is right." However, in Kotelnica that was not necessary. "It was a showcase installation and everything ran like clockwork," says Jose Marek, our representative in Poland for more than 30 years.

Intensive training so everybody knows what to do
The following day, Tobias is back behind his computer again and installs the SNOWsat programs on the customer's workstations. From now on, every employee can work with SNOWsat on their PC. However, before that, Tobias will have to run an in-depth training for everyone involved. Everybody who is interested and especially those who have to work with it on a daily basis participate and learn everything about SNOWsat Web (CAN and Fleet) and SNOWsat Z.

Then they are ready to start. Tobias and his colleagues are always available for questions. However, the better the training, the fewer the questions...


Less is more

19 December 2017
Swiss TV visits the snow: Gstaad saved CHF 300,000 and did something for the environment at the same time. [ more ]

SNOWsat on facebook

13 September 2017
Now SNOWsat has an own facebook-page. [ more ]

Enormous savings

5 July 2017
The Swiss are pros at handling money. PistenBully is the pro for slopes. By using SNOWsat and the PRO ACADEMY St. Moritz has saved 224,000 Swiss francs. [ more ]

Perfectly prepared in St. Moritz

13 February 2017
That counted in the final run-up to the World Championships [ more ]

PistenBully supports the Cross Alps Tour

11 November 2016
PistenBully is once again supporting the Cross Alps Tour, which takes place this year from 9th to 22nd December, at three of four locations. [ more ]

Laax puts all its faith in PistenBully

12 October 2016
Weisse Arena Bergbahnen AG (CH) has not only returned to a pure PistenBully fleet, but is also switching its snow and fleet management. [ more ]

Sölden goes SNOWsat

30 September 2016
SNOWsat is managing far more than snow grooming in the ski resort in the Ötztal alpine valley. [ more ]

SNOWsat on the fast track

15 August 2016
The real potential in the field of slope and fleet management will prove its worth under difficult conditions. [ more ]

New SNOWsat investments from Skistar

11 July 2016
Happy with SNOWsat across the board [ more ]

SNOWsat at Timberline, Oregon, USA

30 June 2016
Thanks to SNOWsat, the Timberline Mountain Operations team can better prepare and market their snow for the busy summer camp season. [ more ]

FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2017

25 November 2015
PistenBully is the official supplier for the FIS Alpine Ski World Champion-ships St. Moritz 2017 [ more ]

SNOWsat for Skistar Åre, Sweden

23 November 2015
SNOWsat is also making advances in Scandinavia. [ more ]



Stefan Spindler

Vice-President Sales

Werner Seethaler

Sales Manager Export PistenBully
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 402
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim

Alexander Hörger

Head of Used and Utility vehicles
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 424
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim

Stefan Lux

Head of Business Unit SNOWsat
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 410
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim

Florian Profanter

Cellular phone: +39 331 492 67 78
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Florian Gebhardt

Technical consulting
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Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Harald Häge

Area sales manager
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 411
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Christoph Hofer

PRO ACADEMY Trainer & Consultant
Cellular phone: +43 664 82 19 649
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Steve Junghans

Area sales manager
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 403
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Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Johannes Linder

Used and Utility vehicles
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 422
Cellular phone: +49 (0)171 403 62 17
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Wolfgang Lutz

Area sales manager
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 415
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Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Georg Miller

Technical consulting
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 406
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Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Harald Schmid

Area sales manager
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 414
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Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Sales assistance

Doris Dorm

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 416
Fax: +49 7392 900 - 445
Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Katja Doster-Schenk

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 413
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Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Heike Lohmüller

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 412
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Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
Kässbohrerstraße 11
88471 Laupheim

Margarete Manger

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 404
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Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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88471 Laupheim

Marina Munivrana

Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 427
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88471 Laupheim

Sibylle Ruf

Assistance SNOWsat
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88471 Laupheim

Sissi Ruf

Assistance PRO ACADEMY
Telephone: +49 7392 900 - 419
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Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG
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Beate Schlossbauer

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