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

Oberstdorf’s excellent snow handling during the World Championship

The February 23rd – March 7th 2021 Nordic Ski World Championships in Oberstdorf observed unprecedented warm temperatures with the potential for disastrous and unfair snow conditions – the Organizing Committee (OC) solved the challenges in an excellent way. Here are the highlights of what they did… The situation: During the Championship it was mostly sunny […]

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Granåsen Sportspark – a unique snow venue

The Granåsen Sportspark in Trondheim, Norway, home to the 1997 and the upcoming 2025 Nordic Ski World Championship, has become one of the most versatile and modern Nordic venues in the World in terms of how it delivers and guarantees snow to its users. The venue is an operational “laboratory” for those wanting to learn […]

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New research: Temperature independent snow production systems can be significantly improved

Snow for the future research project shows that there are large differences between the different temperature independent snowmaking systems, and that they all can be significantly improved. Read more here.

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