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The Levi Ski Resort now has a 100% guarantee of snow for the World Cup Levi competition that opens the FIS alpine skiing season with the slalom race that is taking place at Levi, Finland, 9 - 11 November 2018.
There are 40,000 cubic metres of snow, made with snow cannons over the course of five days, currently stored on the Levi Black slope as part of the ski resort's preparations for November's international event.
Last year was the first time that they stored snow at the Levi Ski Resort for the FIS alpine skiing season opener - and the amount of snow they stored then was 30,000 cubic metres. It was a success, and this year the ski resort decided to continue with the snow-storing tradition. The Levi Black slope now houses 40,000 cubic metres of snow made with snow cannons, and after this current skiing season comes to an end, the snow will be ploughed onto a cliff and covered up for storage.
- When you take into consideration the length and width of the Levi World Cup slope, as well as the amount of snow needed for it, as much as half of the 40,000 cubic metres we now have could melt away and we would still have enough snow to run the race. In theory, the World Cup slope requires approximately 15,000 cubic metres of snow, says the Levi Ski Resort Managing Director Jouni Palosaari.
Thanks to the recent extremely cold temperatures, the Levi Ski Resort were able to make a massive amount of snow in just five days. The snow-making conditions were just perfect this February.
- We were able to make a lot of snow in a very short amount of time. You could even call it an "ecological act", Jouni Palosaari says.
The ski resort learned a great deal from the first year of snow storing. One of the things they learned was about the location of the storage site, i.e. what would be a good place to pile the snow onto - where to store it before spreading it onto the slope again. This year, after the end of the skiing season, the snow will be moved onto the top of a cliff, which will be the main snow storing site. There the snow will remain under covers over the summer and autumn, and it will be spread onto the entire world cup slope before the World Cup Levi race in November. Another smaller storage site will be located near the finish area of the FIS alpine skiing season opener.
- Last year, we thought that the snow pushed down from the top of the slope would spill outside the actual slope, but that did not happen. That's why we decided that the main storage site will now be located on top of a cliff, from where it will be easy to spread the snow into both directions, Palosaari explains.
This coming summer, the Levi Ski Resort will also have another snow storing site at the Front pistes ("Eturinteet"). The snow from the halfpipe and the street, located on the left side of the Front pistes, will also be stored over the summer and autumn. That snow will be spread onto the slope in October, and the ski resort's goal is to open the Front pistes for skiers as early as for the Finnish autumn half-term holidays.
The 2017 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race that was organised in Levi last November for the 11th time, brought 17,000 visitors to the Finnish Lapland. In addition to the number of spectators, there was also a clear increase in the sale of VIP packages - e.g. the VIP Tokka packages were sold out well in advance.
- It is fantastic that we are able to confirm the 2018 race this early on in the year. It is valuable information for both our customers and partners alike. We can start the sale of the VIP Tokka packages already now, says Palosaari.
Photo: Victor Engström, Levi Black in October 2017 when stored snow was being spread onto the slope.