Although there is no snow in the historical centre of Prague nowadays and the weather forecast doesn't show any change for the next couple of days, the organizers of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski Stage and E.ON Prague Ski World Cup race at Hradcanske square on December 30th are optimistic: We have enough snow for the race!
During last month, they produced 3500 cubic meters of artificial snow in the resort of Horní Vltavice. "Only" 2500 cubic meters are needed to cover the course of 450 meters for the freestyle sprint competitions.
"Thanks to the freezing weather, we don't have a big problems with snow production,"says the organizing committee chair Katerina Neumannova.
The organizers produce some 20 centimeters every night. "Today, we have more snow than we need for the race and we continue to produce in the next few days as we still have to have some back-up because of the particularities of the venue in Prague," adds the organizing committee vice-chairman Ludek Saska.
On 27th December, 60 big trucks will bring the snow to Prague where it will be loaded in some smaller cars to get to the course which is situated in the historical centre of the Czech capital city. The untraditional site for the race brings some specific conditions for the organizers such as that the preparation of the course and all the backstage may only start on 27th December.
And what to expect on December 30th? The 1 km sprint will take place on the Hradcanske square on the course of 450 meters. The start will be situated close to the stands of Presidential guards which will have their parade near the course.
All the backstage including changing rooms will be situated in Trautmandorf Palace which used to be a prison. Come and see free-of-charge the great Cross-Country spectacle in Prague!