The Snow Competency Centre

The Ski- and Snowsport's centre for practical knowledge in cost- and energy efficient production, storage, grooming and preservation of snow

The project is important with regards to reducing the energy footprint in production of snow, both in Norway and internationally. This can contribute to a more sustainable snowsport, and that children and adults can enjoy artificial snow without being at the expense of the environment"
- Norwegian Minister of environment and culture, Ola Elvestuen, 2019

About the Centre

The aim and goal for the Centre (snowcompetency.com) is to help prolong the possibility to ski, jump, slide and compete on snow:

  • in todays and our future warmer climate
  • at low elevation and on todays existing arenas, venues and ski destination centres

The Centre will research, collect, summarize existing and new information and knowledge, as well as suggest solutions for:

  • Snow production in the most cost- and energy effective way
  • Snow storage in the most efficient way
  • The best grooming methods and preservation of the snow to achieve good snow conditions for as long as possible

To succeed in this, the Centre will:

  • Present results from international research and operator experiences in a practical and simplified way
  • Organize seminars and workshops with and for experts, venue operators, ski clubs and organizers
  • Initiate and coordinate practical research projects
  • Provide timely answers and advice to relevant questions from the World of ski- and snowsport

Prinoth releasing full electric as well as hydrogen powered grooming machines

The Italian based grooming machine company recently released its much anticipated fully electric groomer Husky eMOTION with a 190 kWh battery capably of 3 hours of runtime with a torque of 1140 Nm. At the same time, the company also released its hydrogen powered machine Leitwolf h2MOTION. The hydrogen powered machine is capable of 544HP […]

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Will using excess heat for snowproduction save the ski season in the future?

Climate changes will lead to warmer temperatures and less natural snow.  A likely consequence is that it will become more difficult to provide good conditions for snow sports.  The ski season may even disappear in many typical “snow villages”.  Since the traditional snow production method using snow lances or fan-guns require temperature below zero degrees […]

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China’s Olympic and Paralympic venue in operational mode

The new 2022 Olympic and Paralympic venue for ski-jumping, biathlon and Cross-Country is producing snow as if the Olympics and Paralympics were taking place this year.  Although the international World Cup test events are cancelled due to Covid-19, and no international athletes are able to test the courses, shooting range and jumping hills, the Olympic […]

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