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

US and Canada opens for skiing early this year

The Western area of US and Canada are experiencing a great early start of the ski season 2022/23. The former Olympic Nordic venues in Salt Lake City, Whistler/Vancouver and Canmore are either already making snow or have opened for excellent groomed skiing due to both snowfall and cold temperatures (see photos).

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Snow guarantee for skiing events – an overview

In today’s challenging climate there are still ways to guarantee snow, even when the temperatures are not conducive to freezing at the competition venue.  The hard part is to do this in a sustainable and climate-friendly way, and without too much cost. Below is a list of seven different ways of covering the competition venue’s […]

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Snow guarantee

Almost all ski event organizers would like to know and say long in advance of the event that they can absolutely guarantee sufficient and safe snow coverage for their competition courses. But, due to challenging weather and climate the last few years, very few organizers can with ease do this anymore.  Snow guarantee has become […]

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