China: made in Italy technology will be employed to prepare the ski slopes at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be held from February 4th to February20th. The preparation of the slopes on which the best skiers in the world will try and win a gold medal was entrusted almost entirely to Prinoth, an Italian company that is part of the HTI Group.

«Being present at the most important competitions and having the responsibility of preparing the slopes on which the world elite will compete is once again a source of great pride for our company – said Horst Haller, CEO of Prinoth Snow Grooming -. We are aware that we have done everything possible to guarantee athletes the best chance of setting new records »

The South Tyrolean company is one of the global champions in the sector. Its vehicles have been chosen to prepare the terrain of the most prestigious events worldwide.

The Leitwolf snowcat, one of Prinoth's vehicle that will operate in China
The Leitwolf snowcat, one of Prinoth’s vehicle to be employed in China

These included the Norwegian Olympics in Lillehammer (1994), the Japanese Olympics in Nagano (1998), the Italian Olympics in Turin (2006) and the Russian Olympics in Sochi (2014). Last year the company also worked for the Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Prinoth’s fleet of over 50 groomers will be used to prepare the alpine ski slopes in the National Alpine Ski Center in Xiaohaituo, for the Genting slopes where the freestyle competitions will be held, for the Aoti slopes where the Nordic disciplines will be staged and in Beijing, where the main Big Air event will be held.

For the occasion, the most powerful vehicle on the market, the Leitwolf snowcat, will be put into action. The Bison snow groomer, ideal for snowparks, will also be used, as well as the Husky snow groomer, perfect for Nordic skiing events. The total value of the contract is around €25 million, up to one tenth of Prinoth’s annual revenue.

The Husky snowgroomer on ski slopes in China
The Husky snowgroomer on ski slopes in China

The Vipiteno company has also developed an innovative software which measures the height of the snowpack, manages the fleet of vehicles in real time and helps to create tracks that offer the best racing conditions.

At the end of the games, the vehicles will remain in China and be used in the various mountain areas also created by Prinoth.