PistenBully NEWS: What do you find fascinating about PistenBully?
Katharina Bergmann: The size of the machines and the incredible amount of options that these snow groomers have to offer. I am a passionate skier myself, and this is why it fascinates me to see what you can do with snow. If I had the money, I would surely have a PistenBully in my garage.
PistenBully NEWS: How did the other participants react to a woman taking part in the beginners' training course?
Katharina Bergmann: I reckon that most of them were rather surprised. But I think that in some instances, they were impressed with my knowledge. I have always been working in male-dominated fields, so I am used to standing my ground.
PistenBully NEWS: Will you continue with the training?
Katharina Bergmann: Of course I will continue the training. There are still a lot of things I need to learn.
PistenBully NEWS: Where and how would you like to work?
Katharina Bergmann: I run the Mt. Buller Race & Events Department in Australia, and therefore co-operate very closely with the grooming department. I was almost always there as a co-pilot when we had to pile up a start mound, prepare ski runs for races, build ski-cross and snowboardcross courses, create parks for slope-style events, set up cross-country tracks for over 1,000 skiers in the middle of nowhere and organize mogul slope competitions. My ambition is to alleviate the grooming department's workload by helping out as a driver.
PistenBully NEWS: How do you assess the beginners' training course of PRO ACADEMY?
Katharina Bergmann: I can really recommend the training at PRO ACADEMY, be it for drivers or managers. It gives a perfect first overview over the application range and functional options. Moreover, it provides a sound basic knowledge with regard to maintenance and safety, as well as driving strategies.