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When the world's best downhill skiers take daring jumps over the new Vertigine slope and the fastest ladies glide through the striking Tofana rock formations in 2021, TechnoAlpin will also be out in front. Nine of the 11 races at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina 2021 will be held on slopes covered with snow provided by the world market leader.
Having hosted the 1956 Olympic Games and the World Championships in 1932 and 1941, the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomites will be the venue for a major skiing event for the fourth time. This time over 600 athletes from 70 nations will be competing for gold, silver and bronze. They will be cheered on by more than 150,000 spectators expected to watch the races at the Ampezzo ski resort over the 14 days and by 500 million fans in front of TV screens all over the world.
The snowmaking system is currently being modernized in preparation for this occasion in order to optimize the conditions. The downhill races, the Super G, the giant slalom, the parallel slalom and the team event in 2021 will be held on the slopes of Ista Cortina, a TechnoAlpin customer from the very beginning. A total of 32 new fan guns, including six TR10, eight TR8 and three TF10 models, will ensure optimum snow conditions. The capacity of the Duca d'Aosta and Piè Tofana pumping stations will also be significantly increased in order to ensure optimum water supply to the system.
The resort of Impianti Averau (Cinque Torri) will be used at the 2021 World Championships for the qualifiers, and the slopes will be used for training purposes. Other investments which will be made here to meet the world championship standards will include the installation of 14 new TR8 fan guns, the expansion of the two pumping stations at Bai de Dones and Potor, and the installation of pits, pipes and cables.
This modernization work and the latest technology from the innovation leader TechnoAlpin will already guarantee optimum snow conditions and surface coverage for the World Cup final in March 2020, the final rehearsal for the 2021 World Championships.