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The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang (South Korea) will be held largely on snow from TechnoAlpin. Most competitions will take place in the ski resorts of Phoenix Park and Yongpyong. TechnoAlpin announced the partnership at an exclusive news conference at the Interalpin 2017 trade fair in Innsbruck. In attendance were CEO Erich Gummerer, TechnoAlpin Asia Area Manager Michael Mayr, plus snow-making consultant for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, Davide Cerato.
A total of 25 of the 31 skiing, alpine, snowboard and freestyle competitions will take place on snow from TechnoAlpin in Pyeongchang in 2018. The main venues of Phoenix Park and Yongpyong are located in Pyeongchang. Both resorts have upgraded their snow-making systems over the past year and a half, relying on the know-how of TechnoAlpin. “We are very proud to have been entrusted with providing guaranteed snow for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang,” says a pleased TechnoAlpin CEO Erich Gummerer.
TechnoAlpin was able to erect the snow-making system at Phoenix Park, where all snowboard and freestyle skiing events for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be held, in just four months. The need for snow is particularly high for these competitions. The guaranteed snow that can be provided by the latest snow-making technology from TechnoAlpin is therefore crucial.
TechnoAlpin had already installed a snow-making system in the 1990s at the Yongpyong ski resort where the giant slalom and slalom competitions will be held. This has now been modernized and expanded to include 250 snow guns and three pumping stations. Both ski resorts invested more than € 5 million in their snow-making equipment.
“Not many major winter sporting events are held in South Korea,” explains Davide Cerato. “That’s why, when it came to snow-making, they were looking for a partner with many years of experience and knowledge of the conditions. TechnoAlpin took part in a public tender and was selected by the Province of Gangwon. The above-average success of the test events confirms that this was the right choice.”
Marginal temperatures and high humidity create special challenges for snow-making in South Korea. Snow of the highest quality must therefore be guaranteed.