Preparations in Klingenthal enter crucial phase
The preparations for the World Cup opening of the ski jumpers in Klingenthal entered the crucial phase.
"Everything goes according to plan, we began to prepare the hill and we will start the snow cannons tonight as temperatures of about -5°C are expected. This is enough to produce artificial snow in addition to the snow of the depot", Alex Ziron, head of the organizing committee, told FISskijumping.com.
"We are confident, that we will experience a great weekend of ski jumping at the World Cup opening on the weekend after next", Ziron added.
On Thursday the organizers then officially confirmed that the hill will be ready for the first two World Cup competitions of the season.
A huge snow depot was set up in Klingenthal, directly in the Vogtland-Arena, already during last winter in order to have the necessary snow to prepare the hill at such an early point of the winter (November 23rd and 24th). In the same way, the organizers of the World Cup event in Sochi (RUS) last winter, were able to carry out two competitions with temperatures of over +10°C. A snow depot was also set up at the "Hochfirstschanze" in Titisee-Neustadt (GER). The competitions in Neustadt will be held on December 14th and 15th.