A challenge for the team of developers
In the tough discipline of downhill racing, a skier must almost be able to ski with his eyes shut to win. Indeed, you don’t have much time to think about the next turn while speeding down at 90 mph.
This task becomes even trickier with unfamiliar ski areas, as each practice run involves a lot of prior work: square miles of snow must be thoroughly groomed, gates erected, nets and padding placed.
Opportunities to carry out training effectively are extremely limited. But what if athletes and authorities didn’t have to waste all that time and money?
What if scientists and experts brought them a chance to train on any racecourse by heart without leaving their training facility?
And a new tool for Olympic athletes
SkyTechSport’s R&D developed a method of complete recreation of real mountain areas in the SkyTech Virtual Reality System, just as they are.
The entire mountains are GPS-scanned and rendered in meticulous detail, foot by foot, so that not only is every turn, jump, and side-hill are right where they are on original courses, but all the trees can be seen just where they happened to emerge from under the snow.
The uniqueness of the software lies in the carefully elaborated correspondence between the movements of the trainee and reactions of skis and a virtual terrain and slope’s profile.
New Technology: Inside and Out
There was another challenge besides sophisticated computer engineering: the ‘tangible’, mechanic part of Ski Simulators. While all existing models of SkyTechSport Ski Simulators were great for slalom and GS training, downhill has an entirely different physics due to extreme speeds.
The new SkyTechSport machines incorporate powerful drives that recreate downhill G-force effect, simulating intense vibrations and compression effects of up to 150 kg (330 lsb) in load value.
Dozens of sensing units read all of the skier’s movements and make it possible to recreate the exact same sensations.
Choose different snow conditions and adjust even the smallest features of the terrain.
Beaver Creek, USA
Capital of U.S. alpine racing
Host to the World Ski Championship from as early as 1989 and the most beautiful mountain towns of the West, the five peaks of Beaver Creek boast 150 runs, the longest — Centennial — being 2,75 miles, and the vertical rise of 3,340 ft. We recreated the petrifying Birds of Prey racecourse for the Men’s Downhill and Raptor for the Women’s.
Olympic Roza Khutor Resort
The most challenging is a brand new 2.2-mile downhill course in Olympic Roza Khutor resort located near Sochi, that was constructed just in 2012. Designed by Bernhard Russi, the 1972 Olympic champion and the resent Chairman of the FIS Alpine Committee, the course was reported by top world skiers as ‘what the downhill is all about’ after testing it during World Cup in February 2012.
PyeongChang, South Korea,
2018 Winter Games resort
One of the top Asian resorts has only got onto the world-class skiing map in February 2016 during the FIS Ski World Cup, giving rise to both critics and praise by world-famous athletes. Although not all Olympic venues exist yet, part of them opened as long ago as 1975. The oldest Korean resort and their “Ski Mecca”, Yongpyong alpine center lies about 200 km from Seoul.
The most visited resort of the Swiss Alps
Wengen boasts almost 400 km of skiing with 131 pistes. The Lauberhorn ski races (downhill, slalom, and combined) are among the highest-attended winter sports events in the world. The downhill course is currently the longest in the world; it is only for the most courageous athletes with great stamina. The skis only make contact with the snow every 10 meters at times. The combinations of jumps, corners and crazy passages was the reason to a number of prominent victims.
Home to the world’s most notorious downhill racecourse for men
Kitzbühel is awash with fans, celebrities and sports stars each year during Hahnenkamm week. Skiing the Hahnenkamm is a harrowing experience from start to finish. It is skiing’s ultimate test of guts for glory on the world’s most famous and feared ribbon of snow and ice: the Streif. The slick, steep, twisty track propels the skiers up to speeds as fast as 140kph.
The potential of the unique technology is as great as the peaks of Zermatt, Beaver Creek and Les Trois Vallées combined, and plans for the near future include rendering even more famous ski areas.