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Snow farming

A snow guarantee and ideal cross-country skiing conditions for professional athletes and amateur sports enthusiasts, thanks to snow farming

The Olympiaregion Seefeld is not only a paradise for cross-country skiing enthusiasts, it is also considered the centre for Nordic sports in the Alps. Following the success of 1985, the region has been selected to host the Nordic World Championships for the second time in 2019. In order to ensure ideal training conditions, the snow management team in the region is, for the first time, making use of ‘snow farming’ – a method that enables the storage and conservation of artificial snow. The resulting improved training conditions mean that the region can further enhance its strengths in this field of sport and establish itself as a serious alternative to the Nordic countries.

The Olympiaregion Seefeld started its snow-farming project in 2015. For that purpose some 6,000 cubic metres of artificial snow were produced during the 2014/2015 winter season and, in March, experts in the field conserved the snow without the use of any chemicals. The method involves storing the snow under a layer of wood chips to protect it from sunshine and rain. Thanks to this innovative concept, cross-country teams can now train every day from 8 am to 5 pm from 1st November on a 1.5-km-long, 6-m-wide track that is groomed for classic-style skiers and skaters. Two turning points, furthermore, enable skiing in both directions. Amateur sports enthusiasts, too, benefit from the early snow made possible by snow farming. Not only can they likewise make use of the track, they can also benefit from expert advice offered by professional cross-country ski guides (pro athletes’ training times must be taken into consideration).

Located on a mountain plateau 1,200 metres above sea level, the Olympiaregion Seefeld with its Nordic Competence Center offers ideal training conditions for athletes in the Nordic disciplines: 279 km of immaculately groomed, award-winning trails – 154.3 km for classic-style skiing and 124.7 km for skating-style skiing – one of the most modern biathlon centres in Europe, two new ski jumps and a roller-ski circuit for summertime training. Following the Winter Olympics of 1964 and 1976, and the 1st Youth Winter Olympic Games in 2012, the region’s reputation as a Nordic sports resort has consistently gone from strength to strength. And, for many years now, the region has served as a meeting point for preparations for the winter sport season. Following the success of 1985, Seefeld has, once again, been chosen to host the 2019 Nordic World Championships.