Despite the very warm months leading into autumn, Levi, Finland, is ready for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup 2018-19.
Less than ten days to go for the Levi World Cup. Although the race hill has had the white cover of snow already for weeks now, the race needed official approval from the FIS. Today, FIS gave the green light indicating that the amount of snow is good and the race is on.
Last spring, 40,000 cubic meters of snow were stored and the snow mass was leveled successfully in October. At the moment, the slope consists of 80% of stored snow and 20% of manmade snow from this season. Last weekend the race organizers injected the Levi Black slope and the night temperatures that are below zero guarantee that the slope stays icy for the slalom races on the 17th and 18th.
“The slope Levi Black has been closed from training, since we want to secure its’ condition as good as possible for the race,” explained Levi World Cup Chief of Race, Petri Tuomikoski. “Even though the race hill is in principle ready for the race, we monitor the conditions daily.”
Levi mountain management can be very proud. Pulling off a World Cup is only possible because of all the effort they put in. Snow-farming over the past years, maximum investments in snowmaking capacity, and passion for the sport are all necessary.
The Ladies slalom on Saturday, November 17th, marks the twelfth Levi World Cup with the opening run at 11:15am local time. On Sunday the 18th, the men open their season with the first race in Levi due to the cancellation of the Soelden World Cup two weeks ago due to heavy snow fall.
Release courtesy of FIS.