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the nature network® staff on a snow tour

Sharing the enjoyment of the pistes: just under 50 members of staff from the nature network® set off in the direction of Alpbachtal in Tyrol at the beginning of March to enjoy a weekend on the ski slopes. The winter sport weekend has now become a long-standing tradition and was held for the eleventh time this year. It is just one example of the joint ventures organised away from the office.

the nature network® on snow – this was the motto of the ski and snowboard weekend shared by around 50 members of staff from the Vestenbergsgreuth, Kleinostheim and Secaucus (USA) facilities on the slopes of the Alpbachtal ski resort in the Tyrolean region of Austria. As in previous years, the main focus was on spending time together and getting to know one another better. "Joint outings like our skiing weekend strengthen the team spirit within the company, of course, and offer an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with col-leagues from other facilities away from the day-to-day routine," Gerhard Hofer, organiser of the winter sport weekend, explains. "But the main thing is that this skiing venture is a great deal of fun, as I have again been told by the people taking part in this year's tour."

Armed with skis and snowboards, the colleagues spent two days together, practising their sports and improving their skills on the slopes, including companionable breaks at the ski lodge. Although the weather was not ideal on the first day, with a mixture of wind, clouds and snowfall, this led to perfect conditions on the pistes for Sunday. "This year's group again in-cluded a number of newcomers, who were given a comprehensive crash course by our col-league Jörg Richter, a qualified trainer at Neustadt Ski Club," says Gerhard Hofer. "He is always very patient and spends a lot of time with our novices, in spite of the fact that he would almost certainly prefer to be cutting new paths through the deep powder snow. We are very grateful for his dedication and team spirit!" the nature network® is planning to repeat the ski event again next year. The 2011 winter sport weekend will be spent in the Tyrolean ski resort of Axamer Lizum, which was the team's venue from 2004 to 2006.