09.12.2014 20:10:28

Snow cannons turned ON


Long waiting for the first frost, which would allow the production of artificial snow, ended on Monday at two o’clock in the morning. At that moment the organizers gradually initiated the work of eighteen snow cannons. The temperature was close to three degrees below zero, which is not quite ideal weather. But regards to the slow beginning of winter there is no time for needless waiting.

As soon as on December 26th starts in Vysočina Arena the first sporting event. And only two days later the program continues with the SCM Open – cup race for young biathletes.

"We want to prepare a circuit at least one and a half kilometer long. It will depend a lot on what the weather allows us. And also on how much artificial snow we’ll be able to process into our snow-trays so that we can distribute it to the sections that are not covered by snow cannons," outlined the preparation plan Mr. Vlastimil Jakes – Chief of Competitions.

In case of favorable conditions the season in Vysočina Arena could start even earlier. Czech biathlon federation schedules the opening race of the Czech Cup in Harrachov on December 20th, but the situation with snow in Harrachov is not very good either. If the track in Vysočina Arena was ready, the event would be moved here.


Everything will depend on weather. According to the forecast we should be able to produce snow at least until Thursday. "The conditions for production of artificial snow are bad. We have our complete snowmaking system in operation. Its performance, however, is only at one-third of its capacity. Water flowing into the cannons is too warm, therefore the produced snow is wet," says one of the organizers Karel Klapač. The cannons are spouting artificial snow into the snow-tray and also on the stadium and in certain parts of the race circuit.

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