Positive snow control for Kuusamo
Colder temperatures also in Lillehammer
Only one week to go until the season opening 2013/14 in Kuusamo and the snow on location will not be a problem. Today, the FIS snow control gave the green light for the competitions, both on the hill and on the cross-country track.
Even if it has been quite warm for Finnish standards with about -1°C in the last couple of days, the organisers have produced enough artificial snow to cover the jumping hill. Now the preparations will go into full swing and the hill should be ready by the end of the week.
On the cross-country side, just over 3 km oft tracks are already prepared with artificial snow and the other 2 km and the ski test areas will also be done by the end of the week or early next week. And the weather forecast is promising, predicting a temperature drop to -10 °C from today onwards, which means the snow production can continue without any problems as long as needed. Seems as if we might experience Finland at its signature conditions on the next weekend.
In Lillehammer, the venue for the second weekend of World Cup, the temperatures have also dropped below zero degrees once more. This means the snow making efforts could be taken up again, giving the Nordic Combined teams who are still training in Norway hope that jumps on snow might be possible before arriving in Kuusamo for the Nordic Opening.