Winter at last!
The ski resort operators in Europe have had to wait a long time for the cold this year. There was a brief cold spell in October but then the inversion in November was a real challenge for the snow-making systems all over Europe. Again this week the snow conditions have been anything but optimum. However, thanks to the strength of the TechnoAlpin snow guns in borderline temperatures, many ski resorts were finally able to commence snow-making operations.In Sölden (AUT), in early December, for example, the slopes alongside the glaciers were also opened. The powerful snow-making system allowed the Giggijoch slopes to open, even hosting two GIS competitions on 5 and 6 December. "Thanks to our snow-making system we can provide top quality slopes, both for competition and enjoyment by the general public" stated the race director Isi Grüner, confirming the precious contribution of TechnoAlpin to this satisfying launch.
One place which has really benefited from the early snow-making operations is the ski center of Sjusjöen in Norway. It hosted the introductory events for the Cross-Country World Cup. Originally the events were supposed to be held in Beitostölen (NOR). However, the snow-making system there was out of action due to the warm temperatures so Sjusjöen stepped in to help out. Four fan guns (1x T60, 2x M18, 1x T40) worked their magic and produced a white ribbon in the mountains. Four heats were held in total. There was one single event and one team event for men and one single event and one team event for women. Ski resorts in Finland, such as Ruka, Pyhä and Levi, were also able to open thanks to TechnoAlpin snow-making systems.
Another World Cup venue which has been open for skiing since November is Bormio (ITA). "Despite difficult conditions, we have been able to open our ski resort in November thanks to our investment in the extension of the TechnoAlpin system. That's proof of a genuine snow guarantee. BormioSki would like to thank the snow team for masterminding operations in the past few weeks. They have done their utmost to make it possible to open for business" (excerpt from an article in the ski resort newsletter).
Many other ski resorts all over Europe are due to open very shortly, as the picture gallery shows. Winter has also arrived in other continents in the last few weeks. We are receiving pictures of snow from places like Korea, the USA and Canada.