TechnoAlpin at Sochi 2014
Sunday brings to a close the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi: it's time to start taking stock.
The games undoubtedly have been a success for the Caucasian city of Sochi: nicknamed the "Russian Riviera" because of its location on the Black sea, for more than two weeks it has been the centre of the world for winter sports on both snow and ice. The Sochi Olympic Games saw almost 2,900 athletes compete across the various disciplines. But the beating heart of the Games was undoubtedly represented by the 25,000 volunteers from all over the world: sports enthusiasts and others who decided to give up their time to be part of this almost month-long adventure in the Caucasus region. The games events all took place as planned, with only a very few exceptions, due above all to bad weather.
For TechnoAlpin, too, the Sochi Olympic Games were a success. One of the biggest challenges which the Russian organizers had to deal with was Sochi's mild climate: for this reason, they turned to TechnoAlpin, which was entrusted with guaranteeing snow cover on snow cover skiing and olympic tracks. For this occasion the company supplied and installed approximately 250 snow guns.
The main difficulty posed by this project was the mildness of the climate that characterizes Sochi and the surrounding area. Nonetheless, the snow-making systems installed by TechnoAlpin successfully produced the snow required to allow the games to take place without a hitch, even with temperatures that were less than optimal and at times borderline. The cooling towers provided water at optimum working temperatures, allowing efficient operation at all temperatures.
TechnoAlpin has been partnering the organizers of major events like the Winter Olympics and the Alpine and Nordic World Ski Championships for years: in the past, the snow experts ensured that snow was in no short supply for the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006, the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo in 2011 and Fiemme 2013, and for the Alpine World Ski Championships in Bormio in 2005 and Schladming in 2013, to name but a few.
For TechnoAlpin, the Sochi Olympic Games have been an excellent springboard for the Russian market: they pave the way for exciting new prospects in the Caucasus mountains and Russia in general.