Double date at Kranjska Gora
The Kranjska Gora ski resort, in the north-west of Slovenia, hosts two Ski World Cup races every year: the men's slalom and giant slalom.
This year, however, there's something new: the beginning of February will see the women's races in addition to the customary men's races. There's been a change of location of the technical races in Slovenia on 1 and 2 February set for Maribor. Official notice was provided on 23 January, via the International Federation, who immediately declared that the race schedule and starting times would remain unchanged. So Saturday the 1st will see the start of the event, with the giant slalom followed by the slalom the next day.
The Slovenian federation itself asked the FIS for permission to hold the two races in the reserve location of Kranjska Gora. If, at Maribor, rain and unseasonal temperatures have marked this January, there's snow at Podkoren and, thanks to the temperatures and snowfall of recent days, it's been possible to prepare the slopes to an excellent standard for the two races.
TechnoAlpin snow guns are in place to assist the Kranjska Gora organising committee. A succession of interesting installations has occurred in recent years, vital for the World Cup races of past seasons. The area itself is an important client for TechnoAlpin, with collaboration that has endured for about 15 years.
TechnoAlpin snow experts have completed various installations at Kranjska Gora: in total, the area makes use of approximately 100 snow guns, ranging from CES lances to the state-of-the-art TF10 fan gun. But there's more. Installed along the slopes are 163 pits and 14,500 m of cast-iron piping. Various pump stations have been installed for the safe supply of water. Additionally, a system of cooling towers with a capacity of 120 l/s brings the water to an ideal snow-making temperature.
The future promises other interesting projects at Kranjska Gora.
So all eyes will be set on the Slovenian location throughout the weekend. The races are bound to be riveting, also in light of the Sochi Winter Olympics, which draw ever closer.