Following a positive snow control, the International Ski Federation and the Levi LOC have given the green light for the men and the women to race their first slalom race of the season on the popular Levi Black on 23rd and 24th of November.
Thanks to the cold temperatures and the early snowfalls, the Levi Black is in perfect shape and Levi’s World Cup Race Director Petri Tuomikoski is very satisfied:
“It’s a great start to the winter with more than half a meter natural snow in the area. With around nine days left until the competitions, I am delighted to see that everything is running smoothly and on track. Looks like we are ready to race!”
A week ago the race slope was injected and optimal conditions are granted to the many National teams training at Levi Black, Alpine Training Park, and Front Slope.
Tuomikoski, who has been Race Director of the competition in Levi for ten years, knows the event well and is sure that it will be another successful edition this year.
“FIS believes in what we do, and the slope is always in good shape. There has been a lot of development here in Levi over the past years. Levi Ski Resort has invested in snowmaking systems and ways of preserving snow. The key people of the competition have always been the same, so everything works great and building the event is in safe hands, ” says Tuomikoski.
The base of the race slope is made from stored snow from last winter, and the Levi Ski Resort has also produced more snow for the slope during the freezing November, which has made it possible to modify the slope profile.
“Artificial snow has made it possible to further shape the race slope. There are a couple of extra rollers on the steep part and also a taller one where the slope is normally flatter. This will certainly pose more challenges for the skiers”, concludes Tuomikoski.
First run of the women’s slalom starts on Saturday 23rd November at 11.15 am and on Sunday the men will open their slalom season at the same time.
The opening ceremonies for the slalom season starts on Friday at 6:30 pm on the front slope, women's public draw will follow at 7 pm. The programme then continues with a gala at the Hullu Poro Areena at 8.00 pm.