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WINTERS ARE MADE

In the centre the snow situation may look bad but in the ski resort we have a different situation. Compact snow layer can handle skiing and weather changes throughout the winter. In the past winters the slopes have been open average 132 days even though you might not see snow on the lower parts of the slopes. Laajis uses mainly depression system which makes snowing possible in about minus five celcius. Besides air temperature the humidity and the amount of water used in the snow affects the process. Often at the end of the autumn water is too warm for snowing and it is not smart or energy efficient to start.

 

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STORED SNOW TO SLOPES

Laajis is the most southern ski center where there is snow stored over summer for the next skiing season. Especially in the beginning of the skiing season people have a big urge to get to ski, and the stored snow allows us to open the season already in November. In between the front slope and Auris we aim to create about 20 000 cubes sized pile of snow, which is covered with sawdust. The snow is shot on the pile in the harshest frosts and also, when given a chance, we collect extra snow from the slopes. Storing the snow we save electricity and water and therefore it is the ecological choice. We didn't settle for dreaming about the next season, instead we will make everything we can to open the season as soon as possible. 

LAAJIS' SNOW MAKING SYSTEM

Laajis mainly takes use of the low pressure system, which allows the snow making in approximately minus five degrees. Other factors taken to account other than the air temperature are air humidity and the water temperature used in the snow making. Often the water is still quite warm at the end of fall when considering snow making, so at that time it is not wise or energy efficient to make snow. 

After a few good days of cold weather Laajis can open the seasons first rails and part of the front slope. The snow making is always continued in order from the beginners Snowland to Auris and from there to the back slopes. Laajis also has four pars and those require more snow, even though the ground beneath the snow have been constantly built to ease the snow making. Snow can be made to the parks even when the slopes are open, which speeds up the opening of the bigger slopes. Also the snow making in the professional slope is started at the beginning of the season, the same as the front slope. 

So, in the ski resort we don't wait for the winter, we make the winter - systematically and energy efficient.

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WE MAKE MORE SNOW IF REQUIRED

In the winter after a warm and rainy period comes freezing weather. If rain and warmth have consumed the snow in the slopes a lot, the staff will use the snow cannons again. It is possible to make snow in middle of the season also.

Even though our snowcats groom the snow in good condition, new snow is added to make the quality better. If rain has poured down for a while, we can add "fresh" snow on top of the old snow. This way we get a soft snow under the skis or board.

Last years winters haven't been the ideal finnish winters but ski resorts like Laajis has brilliant conditions. Slopes has thick snow layer and everything is in good condition. Ski season continues far in the spring; easter is always skiing time. Skiier doesn't have to feel depressed because of the grey weather - you find winter in the slopes!

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WINTER IS PREPARED IN SUMMER

Last summers we have worked with the snowing system in Laajis. In the front slope we have digged new snowing lines and electricity devices have been added to many slopes. The power of the snowing system has been increased with a new pump and the amount of snow cannons has almost doubled. This means that we can make winter happen in a much shorter time than previous seasons.

In the summer time we maintain the whole equipment. Snow cannons and lifts are maintained, snowing system gets tested, cables in the lifts checked, pipes washed and fixed if needed and slopes mowed and the areas cleared. Putting snow with cannons wears out the equipment faster but with good maintenance a ski resort can use the same equipment longer.

In the slopes of Laajis we have put new soil with thousands of truck loads in the past summers. New slope surfaces are smoother and therefore faster to put the snow in. With the same amount of snow we can open slopes earlier and more energy efficient. The season can start earlier that before. New soil has made the front slope and Auris slope profile faster for skiing. We have removed some slowing holes also. New profiles makes skiing and seeing easier when faster skiing is fun and easy to control.

In the summer our Adventure Park is open

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WE STORE SNOW ALSO

All snow is not made for the slopes. Laajis stores cannon snow in an optimal place for first snow track that is run by Jyväslumi with years of experience. Without first snow track Jyväskylä cross-country skiing season would be much shorter with less snow. Typically first snow track opens half October or a little bit later. Winter season 2017-18 the track was extended to 2 kilometers.

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SUPPORT TEAM

Ski resort without restaurant, ski rental and ticket sale is like a swimming pool without water. Our restaurant staff takes care of customers and ski resorts snow cannon team. In snowing shift you benefit by having the leftover pastry and doughnuts at the end of the day.

Ski rental season starts early in the autumn by cleaning the place and ordering necessary equipments and tools. Rental equipment are checked after spring maintenance and prepared for the winter. In Laajis rental downstairs you can find the legendary Laajavuori Ski Shop where Jesse Kurkinen sells equipment with years of experience for a good price for satisfied customers. Laajis ski shop has Burton hats, helmets and Buffs.

Laajis ski service (in other words equipment service because we do snowboards also) starts their work in October. In the starts of the season the cross-country skiers and ski team members keep ski service busy. In the ski service there is Wintersteiger automatic machine for alpine skis and snowboard bottom polishing and a different grinding machine for cross-country skis.

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