A special demonstration of IDE All Weather Snowmaker has been performed at Pitztal Glacier Ski Resort in Tirol, Austria for visiting Russian delegation on July 9th. The event has been organized by IDE Technologies and Roskommunenergo (IDE's official distributor in Russia) with the help of Pitztal Glacier Ski Resort during a pre-season operation of IDE All Weather Snowmaker.
The event was honored by senior representatives of Russian Federation President Office, Sochi 2014 Supervisory Board and Organizing Committee, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), International Ski Federation (FIS), Russian Ski and Snowboarding Federation, Russian Cross Country Ski Federation, Russian Biathlon Federation, Russian Freestyle Federation, Olympstroy, the Olympic Ski Resorts of Gazprom Sotsinvest, Krasnaya Polyana and Rosa Khutor, New League, Rosengineering and leading International Ski experts and consultants.
A slope of fresh snow of 0.6m deep, 20m wide and almost 200 meters long has been prepared for the event. Many of the guests, including professional ski experts, tested the snow and enjoyed summer skiing and snowboarding at ambient temperature of above 25 ºC. All visitors and experts were extremely satisfied with the quality of the snow and they have declared that the snow was excellent for alpine ski, snowboarding, cross country, biathlon, ski jump and freestyle. "I liked it a lot. The conditions here are really very similar to the spring conditions in Alps…This is snow!", said Mr. Georgiy Kadykov – Sport Manager Cross Country Organizing Committee of Sochi 2014 and Vice President of Russian Cross Country Ski Federation.
The Supervisory Board and Organizing Committee of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games would like to secure the availability of high quality snow for all international winter sport competitions scheduled in Sochi from 2011 toward the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, and onward. The importance of the snow availability for Olympic Venues was demonstrated in Cypress, Canada during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games where temperatures were too high for snowmaking by conventional snow guns. VANOC had to spend millions of dollars on helicopters and tracks to secure the Olympic Venues. "Artificial snow quality reminds of spring snow and may be used for the cross country and alpine skiing slopes", said Mr. Alexey Povkh – Head of Sport Complex Development Department, Olympstroy.
Following Zermatt’s footsteps, Pitztal Gletscherbahnen was the second ski resort to order a new kind of artificial snow system: the IDE’s All Weather Snowmaker. IDE Technologies is a world leader and pioneer in water desalination, wastewater concentrators and purifiers. The snowmaking technology comes from the mining industry where it is used to cool the goldmines.The All Weather Snowmaker is a unique, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient solution that produces large quantities of high quality snow using vacuum conditions to generate it. Unlike the conventional snow gun, the All Weather Snowmaker is capable of operating at all ambient temperatures, thus ensuring full operation during warm spells as well as supplementing natural snowfall accumulation."This 1.5 million Euro investment will complement existing snow making systems by covering slopes that so far had to rely exclusively on natural snowfall", said Hans Rubatscher, Pitztal Glacier Resort Chairman.