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British Ski and Snowboard is to trial a new type of artificial snow at the Scottish resort Lecht 2090 this winter. NEW



The sport's governing body has teamed up with The Lecht and Snowsport Scotland to pilot an on-snow training centre using a TechnoAlpin snowfactory which can make snow whatever the outdoor temperature.

The Lecht will have the snowfactory in place in February and March 2018, providing guaranteed snow on some slopes.

The new set up will feature an air bag for the rising stars of GB Park and Pipe, and will also allow training opportunities for Alpine and Nordic skiing - with a groomed cross country trail provided.

The pilot project could prove to be a key UK facility for the development of pathway athletes across multiple snowsport disciplines.

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It has been made possible by support from Lecht 2090, Snowsport Scotland, and GB Park and Pipe.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has helped Lecht 2090 with the cost of trialling the snowfactory technology, a key element of the project.

The snowThe snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GB Park and Pipe Programme Manager, Lesley McKenna says she's excited about the project.

"We are proud that GB Park and Pipe can lead such an innovative project, and we thank all the partners who are making this happen.

"Although the training centre will have a big focus on the air bag and park and pipe facilities, we are delighted it will offer training facilities for other disciplines as well.

"We hope the pilot will allow British Ski and Snowboard to further understand the TechnoAlpin snowfactory technology with a view to seeing whether it can be used to offer an elite year round snow training centre in the UK, thus giving our teams a huge training advantage."

The LechtAt The Lecht, November 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ross Gardner, Snowsport Scotland National Performance Manager said: "The new facility, including the snow-making technology, will give our current talented young athletes the opportunity they need to access national level performance facilities in an affordable way, and subsequently the best possible chance of going on to achieving world class skiing or snowboarding."

James McIntosh, director of the Lecht Ski Company said everything was in place for the resort's trial of the snowfactory.

"This will allow us to make snow in any temperature and, due to having a wind turbine already in place, the snowfactory will be powered using purely green energy."

The Lecht wind turbineThe Lecht wind turbine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lecht 2090 is also planning a two-day on-snow celebration of the Winter Olympics during the PyeongChang Games in February.

For more information, go to the British Ski & Snowboard website.

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