Snow injection at Coronet Peak for Olympic ski team training

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 28, 2010 2:21 pm

(Image: Looking West-ish from Coronet Peak, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from goosmurf’s photostream)

The winter Olympics’ best athletes will be thoroughly satisfied this year for the annual Southern Hemisphere ski training camps. Snow injection efforts at Coronet Peak, New Zealand, have been taking place in order to ensure top-grade racing conditions for Olympic ski team training.

Richard Murphy, Cornet Peak’s head of race and events, explained how their events crew has been prepping slopes in the Rocky Gully Training Area, prior to the arrival of international ski teams this year.

Snow injection is a process that produces ice-hard slopes, which are the preferred snow conditions for ski racers. It uses an injection bar, which is connected to different hose fittings to pump water underneath the surface of the slopes.

When snow injection is timed accordingly with weather conditions, it creates slopes that are icy and firm, while also strong and durable against the wear and tare of Olympic skiers flying down the mountain.

The process began about two weeks ago, and the weather conditions were welcoming and cooperative with the arrival of ski racers in seek of training grounds.

The Canadian ski team arrived on Saturday despite some bumps along the road, and has been hitting the training slopes all week long alongside the US ski team, including star athletes Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller.