For Perfect Fun Rides – PRINOTH and Funslopes
05.12.2018

What’s the recipe for a fantastic snow adventure? Speedy snow waves and banked curves are definitely a fixed element of a Funslope. We can’t forget High-Five hands, a speed booster and what would a Fun Ride actually look like without spinning through the Fun Twister? The grand finale is proudly presented by Slopy, our cheeky Funslope dweller. Snow adventurers of course quickly go over, around or through these obstacles, but setting up a Funslope truly is hard work.

This work is executed under the Shape Academy’s highest quality standards. By the way, with over 250 energetic members, the Shape Academy is the biggest shape crew in the world. With the help of shape tools, shovels and their know-how they create these unique Funslopes and turn the days of many skiers and snowboarders out there into a real adventure. But it is impossible to build a gigantic double Fun Twister - like the one standing at the Funslope Schöneben - with bare hands. There, you definitely need the help of a BISON! Yes, that’s right. If you want to build these snow monuments, you need animalistic support by the so-called BISON X. The snowcat by PRINOTH is particularly developed for those missions.

This powerful 400 hp snow grooming vehicle is just perfectly suitable for the construction of Funslopes. “The BISON X is more compact and more maneuverable compared to other machines” according to Roli Winkler – one of the Shape Academy’s most experienced snowcat operators. “Funslopes are tighter than regular runs and they have quite a few changes in direction and turns. That’s when the PRINOTH comes in very handy.” For features like tunnels or the snow house at the Funslope Alta Badia, not only the shovel proved to be helpful: “The rear-view camera in the cockpit is very beneficial when we shape the tunnels. This helps us to work precisely up to the last millimeter.”

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Last March, this high-precision work was tested at the PRINOTH Cup in Ratschings. There, the A-list of snowcat operators showed off their skills and challenged each other. By mastering obstacle courses and tricky tasks, the season’s best operator was chosen. And the winner is a true Shape Academy member. After three different obstacle courses, Roland Hürlimann conquered the podium. The legitimated champion was obviously impressed by the event: “It was definitely good fun to compete in different challenges. It was interesting to see what level I am on and I was of course really happy that I won in the end. It’s awesome that PRINOTH is offering and organizing such an event.”

The Shape Academy definitely put a lot of hard work into Funslopes. The best way to show some appreciation is by racing as often as possible through one of our 59 Funslopes! Find out where to find them here on our website. On our Facebook page and on our Instagram account you can discover photos and videos from different snow adventures.

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After an abruptly and turbulent ending of season 2019/20, your Funslopes team had to take time to catch some breath again. Now we want to give you a little recap of this winter, which was full of snow adventures -even though it way too short. And of course, we will also announce the winner of this year’s Funslope Photo Quest!

It’s time to introduce all finalists of this year’s Funslope Photo Quest to you! Each and every one of them won one of our stops and therefore joined the grand finale. Have a look at our participant will be announced by our Funslopes jury on Thursday, April 2!

On February 26th, 2020 we are looking for the photo with the highest fun factor at the Funslope Photo Quest Ehrwald!

Extraordinary tasks need extraordinary performances! The Funslope Schöneben is everything but a normal slope. Features like banked turns, snow waves, Fun Twisters and Speedboosts turn the maintenance of this Fun Ride into a real challenge! The LEITWOLF X by PRINOTH is up to the task.

Extraordinary tasks need extraordinary performances! The Funslope Schöneben is anything but a conventional slope. Snow waves, banked turns and features such as high fives and boxes make grooming a real challenge. The LEITWOLF X from PRINOTH is up to the challenge. Have a look at our video and see why!