Snowboard elite in Oslo
From 10 - 19 February Oslo was one again the scene of a major sporting event. Following on from the Nordic Ski World Championship the previous year, it was the turn of the snowboard elite to enjoy the hospitality of the Norwegian capital. The heats were held in the Wyller Multiarena in the ski resort of Tryvann. In a bid to guarantee ideal conditions, the managers undertook the biggest extension of the venue's snow-making system to date. A new high-pressure pumping plant with intake station and an output of 210 l/s was built along with a new compressor plant outputting 42 m³/min. Optimum conditions were provided for the contests by 7x T60, 4x T40 and 48x V3 lances.
The athletes competed in the disciplines of Slopestyle and Half-Pipe. For the halfpipe were made 30.000 m³ of snow. When the shaping was almost finished there was made a final layer on the top. This was made by limiting the production on the T60 to 3 l/s on -10° etbulb temperature. Perfect powder snow was the result.
It is the first World Championship to be jointly organized by Ticket To Ride (TTR) and the World Snowboard Federation (WSF). 240 athletes from 30 nations showed off their skills to the enthusiastic crowd of spectators.