Today, Leon Schwabl, an apprentice in his fourth year, brings the Gipfelbahn summit cable car into operation under the supervision of Sebastian Steiner. The doors open and Leon takes over the job as a lift operator. He contacts the station worker via the gondola telephone and the cable car starts moving. Leon tells the exact location to stop the cabin exactly by the pylon: "Another three meters, one meter, stop!" He opens the door 20 meters above the ground and Sebastian takes over command: "We will now step onto the pylon. First, attach the carabiner of your safety belt to the gondola and the second carabiner to the pylon. Pay attention to the ladder, it might be icy." An experienced apprentice steps out first and disappears while climbing up the metal ladder with steady steps. The other apprentices follow him one after the other. Only Alexander Maksimovic stays with me in the cabin. He explains: "I'm in my first year of apprenticeship and am not allowed to do these types of tasks yet. But I'm already looking forward to it. I've always been interested in winter sports. Starting an apprenticeship as cable car technician at the Kitzsteinhorn has therefore been an obvious step for me to take. I've chosen the double apprenticeship and am also trained to become an electrical engineer." In the meanwhile, the other apprentices clear the snow from the pylon – a task they will carry out on a daily basis in their future job. Max, who is in his fourth year of apprenticeship, is the first one to come back into the cabin and explains: "You definitely shouldn't suffer from vertigo, and you should enjoy being in nature. Weather isn't always as nice as it's today. Sometimes, an ice-cold snow storm rages while we're on the pylon, or thick clouds block the view. But to me, that's all part of this job's variety and the reason I've chosen the apprenticeship as a cable car technician."