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 ( 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

New FIS guideline for salting of ski jump hills

The FIS ski jumping committee has released a new guideline for how to best salt or fertilize snow in soft and wet snow conditions. The document is based on FIS’ own salting guideline for Cross-Country courses, and includes more details, photos and information specific to ski jumps. The document can be downloaded here or found […]

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Finland on the forefront of snow storage

While the glaciers are melting around the World, Finland is building new ones.  A Scandinavian delegation recently visited Levi and learned how Finland over many years has built competency and snow depots to secure early season openings and snow guarantee for their World Cup events.  What they have achieved in Levi in the middle of […]

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Utilizing waste heat from snow production process as heat supply to nearby buildings

The SINTEF Energy research team is presenting ways to create snow in warm temperatures while optimizing the energy consumption. This research memo presents a case study evaluating temperature independent snow (TIS) production as a component in an integrated energy concept. This concept utilizes waste heat from the snow production process as heat supply to buildings. […]

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