Skiing school lessons were completely different than they are today 25 years ago. They posed some special challenges for skiing instructors and beginners alike. Back then, there were no ski lifts adapted to beginners. As a result, they and their instructors spent more time and energy on the tedious uphill trek than on actually learning to ski. The workload for the skiing instructors was accordingly high and learning success for the beginners accordingly low.
Many of Austria’s leading skiing schools were only too well aware of this, along with some other issues. An increasing number of initiatives were launched in the mid-1990s in order to initiate innovations and reforms.
The search for a suitable climbing solution topped the list. What was it to look like, though? Who would be able to develop and produce it?
The country’s leading skiing schools formed a working group to deal with these questions in 1996. They brought Dieter Zimmermann on board, a manager at several large German aerospace and mechanical engineering companies.
Further research and the results from this working group culminated in drawing up a detailed specification for a new climbing aid and the development of its first prototype in the following weeks and months.
The product was first tested on the Kaunertal glacier on 25 September 1996. The KID 900, as the Moving Carpet was called at that time, proved its worth outstandingly in the days and weeks to come. The Moving Carpet was put through its paces, at times in extreme weather conditions. The knowledge acquired from this was used to eliminate potential weaknesses, increase user-friendliness, and eventually develop the finished Moving Carpet. This product was to change skiing instruction forever as it became established as the third mode of transport, supplementing cable cars and T-bar lifts.
Photocredits: c. by Sunkid