The Bungsberg, a lonely 168-metre bump on the Baltic Sea coast landscape in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, rarely gets to fire up its short tow-rope lift. But this winter has been different.
“We're expecting a visitor stampede this weekend,” operator Horst Schnoor, who operates the tiny ski area with neighbour Hans Heinrich Schröder, said of the hill near the 1,300-resident town of Schönwalde.
The lift, for which skiers and snowboarders can buy a day pass for around €10, has already been running for two weeks, a lengthy amount of time compared to a single day that came last season after a three-year dry spell.
With some 25 centimetres of snow and more expected this weekend, the Bungsberg has been teeming with sledders and skiers, particularly last weekend when the lift was at full capacity, Schnoor said.
The community of Schönwalde bought the lift for 20,000 marks from a Bavarian company in 1970.