The Kitzbuehel ski resort is the first non-glacial ski resort of Austria to open the new Winter sports season 2019/2020.

KitzSki, the Kitzbuehel mountain railways corporation, has stored snow over summer from the last winter season to prepare the slope at around 1,800 meters height above sea level.

Wood chips or sawdust and tarpaulins cover the snow to thermally isolate it and preserve up to 80 to 90% of the initial amount of snow over the Summer time.

A visual story by epa's Christian Bruna.