Robert gives me a warm welcome: “This is the perfect Timmel weather – just like we have expected it. Completely normal.” Since 2001, Robert has been the head of the road maintenance team at Timmelsjoch, working together with Thomas, Rudi and another Robert. Originally he comes from South Tyrol / Passeiertal but the power of love guided him to Ötztal.
This year the snow clearing team started on 18 April. Everyone has a clear job to do: Robert Pixner, Thomas and Rudi are the drivers of varied snow-clearing machines while Robert number two leads the way on snowshoes for orienteering reasons – especially in bad or foggy weather (just like today).
Easier said than done. The one and only guidance showing the approximate course of the road are the snow poles installed on the downhill side in autumn. They are between 4 and 8 meters high. It happens that they are not there anymore after the long winter months, maybe taken away by an avalanche.