HOW TO PRODUCE SNOW IN TEMPERATURES ABOVE 0 DEGREES
How to produce snow in temperatures above 0 degrees? Do such solutions guarantee that winter sports events taking place at the onset of winter will be held as scheduled in advance? Let us dispel doubts around this topic.
Climate changes are inevitably influencing our lives to a great extent. The fact that yearly average temperature is gradually rising and it is more and more difficult to predict the meteorological phenomena is reflected in many branches of the economy. Ski resorts cannot rely on the weather in terms of opening the seasons. Also the organizers of winter sports events have to deal with a similar problem. This year's inauguration of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Sölden, Austria was at risk as well. On the first day (Saturday, 27th October 2018) it was possible for the Women's competition to take place. However, on Sunday (28th October 2018) the Giant Slalom's start was cancelled due to strong wind. The wind also caused a great deal of stress at the ski jumping competition in November that was held in Kuusamo, Finland. Yesterday (12th December 2018), FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski, in English: the International Ski Federation) announced that the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany which had been cancelled due to the bad weather conditions (high temperature, rainfalls and lack of snow) would take place in February 2019, in Obersdorf and Willingen, in Germany.
It would seem that the Nordic and Alpine skiing season opening is a bit of a lottery for the organisers, but in fact the fortune can be helped a little. A few weeks before the inauguration of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Wisła-Malinka, Poland, alarming information was presented by the media. According to this information, the competition on the Adam Małysz Hill was put in question due to positive temperatures.
Meanwhile, during both, the qualifications and the men's team competition won by the Polish team, we saw the effect of the All Weather Snow machines provided by their Polish producer – the Supersnow Company. The machines produced a thick layer of snow, thus creating almost perfect conditions that enabled to hold the competition. The entire hill jump was covered with a thick layer of snow produced with All Weather Snow devices, supplied by their Polish manufacturer - Supersnow, and the competition was conducted in very good conditions. By the end of the competition, the nature helped as well as the temperature dropped and the produced snow layer hardened. It eliminated the roughness of the landing hill. The information was confirmed during an interview with the chairman of the Polish Ski Federation – Apoloniusz Tajner.
- After the first two days of the competitions we could easily confirm that the conditions proved to be optimal enough to hold the inauguration of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Wisła, Poland on the Adam Małysz Hill. - Tajner (the chairman of the Polish Ski Federation) summed up. - Yesterday (editor's note: Saturday, 17th November 2018) I spoke with Walter Hofer (editor's note: the director of the FIS World Cup Ski Jumping) and he confirmed that the landing hill that was co-prepared by Supersnow met the strict standards imposed by FIS. It was a huge compliment coming from the Austrian's mouth - The chairman also added. - We should be proud, as Poles, that the inauguration of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup had taken place two consecutive years in our country, and that the snow-producing technology is a creation of a Polish company Supersnow. But above all, the men's team competition was won by the Polish team. - He highlighted.
The Supersnow company is equally satisfied with the cooperation with the Polish Ski Association. - Information that thanks to the use of our All-Weather Snow (AWS) devices the beginning of the ski jumping season in Wisła managed to be permanently included in the World Cup calendar, already in mid-November, has received wide coverage around the world - said Bogusław Pokrywka, the representative of management board of Supersnow S.A. snowmaking systems - We do hope that thanks to such events, confidence in the devices manufactured by us will become even greater. Two years ago, we opened a branch of Supersnow Gmbh in the centre of Tyrol in Austria. We would like it to become our bridgehead for further expansion in the Alpine countries - added Pokrywka.- Without such events as the cooperation with the Polish Ski Association and participation in the arranging of slopes for the World Cup competition, conquering very hermetic markets like Austria, Germany or Switzerland, briefly saying the Alpine countries where winter sports dominate, and the ski industry is a crucial element of the national economy, it would be extremely difficult and time-consuming. I wish such events would not only praise Poland, but also our company, worldwide as it enables our company to implement successfully the strategy of global development - proudly emphasizes the representative of management board of Supersnow S.A.