22 November 2017

On-snow training centre pilot program at Lecht 2090

British Ski and Snowboard has teamed up with Scottish resort Lecht 2090 and Snowsport Scotland to pilot a brand new on-snow training centre using TechnoAlpin snowfactory, a new snow-making technology that works in any outdoor temperature.

In February and March 2018, GB Park and Pipe will lead the pilot project to run performance pathway training camps at Lecht 2090, with the TechnoAlpin snowfactory technology allowing guaranteed snow on certain slopes. The new set up will feature an air bag for the rising stars of GB Park and Pipe, and will also allow training opportunities for Alpine and Nordic skiing – with a groomed cross country trail provided.

The pilot project could prove to be a key UK facility for the development of pathway athletes across multiple snowsport disciplines. It has been made possible by support from Lecht 2090, Snowsport Scotland, and GB Park and Pipe. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has helped Lecht 2090 with the cost of trialling the snowfactory technology, a key element of the project.

GB Park and Pipe Programme Manager, Lesley McKenna is excited about the new pilot: “We are proud that GB Park and Pipe can lead such an innovative project, and we thank all the partners who are making this happen. Although the training centre will have a big focus on the air bag and park and pipe facilities, we are delighted it will offer training facilities for other disciplines as well. We hope the pilot will allow British Ski and Snowboard to further understand the TechnoAlpin snowfactory technology with a view to seeing whether it can be used to offer an elite year round snow training centre in the UK, thus giving our teams a huge training advantage.”

The pilot project at the Lecht will support multiple snowsports for our community, providing both the public and athletes the opportunity to develop their skills” said Ross Gardner, Snowsport Scotland National Performance Manager. “The new facility, including the snow-making technology, will give our current talented young athletes the opportunity they need to access national level performance facilities in an affordable way, and subsequently the best possible chance of going on to achieving world class skiing or snowboarding. We are delighted to be part of this partnership and looking forward to making it a success.”

As well as offering training facilities for teams, the ability to produce snow at any temperature will allow Lecht 2090 to host a two-day on snow celebration of the Olympic Winter Games - ‘The Lecht Winter Games’ - which is part of the national PyeongChang to Piste campaign aimed at inspiring more people to try skiing and snowboarding.

Running during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games (17th & 18th February 2018), the ‘Lecht Winter Games’ will capitalise on the heightened interest in skiing and snowboarding over this period. People of all ages can come and try a range of Olympic snowsport disciplines such as park & pipe jumps and rails, a cross country track, slalom gates for alpine skiing and a mini snowboard and ski cross track – all available to try.

In addition to the ‘come and try’ opportunities the event will see the launch of a new awards scheme, named the ‘Futures Snow Awards’. It has been designed to support and encourage young people in the UK to get involved in snowsports in a fun and progressive way. Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport England and Snowsport Wales will all be instrumental in the development of the awards and will work with ski school instructors and club coaches towards the launch of this British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) endorsed pilot award scheme.

James McIntosh, director of the Lecht Ski Company also said: “Lecht 2090 is delighted that everything is now in place for the trial of the TechnoAlpin snowfactory. This will allow us to make snow in any temperature and due to having a wind turbine already in place, the snowfactory will be powered using purely green energy. It is fantastic that we can offer training facilities to British Ski & Snowboard and also be able to deliver an on snow celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics in February.”

The Lecht Winter Games will be delivered by Lecht 2090, Snowsport Scotland, British Ski and Snowboard and GB Park and Pipe, falling under the PyeongChang to Piste participation campaign (www.pyeongchangtopiste.org.uk) led by Snowsport England. Full information about The Lecht Winter Games will follow later this year with booking available from early February 2018.

Futures Project is being driven by British Ski and Snowboard and GB Park and Pipe, with support from Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport England, Snowsport Wales and BASI. 

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