This year’s novelty is the use of recycled snow, which thanks to unique technology survived the summer months until the next season. “Skiing will start at the top of the main slope, where the anchor will be in operation. In addition, skiers-beginners can also use the ski school under Nova Javorka,” Martina Kalusová, spokeswoman for the area, informed ČTK today.
The technique of storing snow on slopes has been successfully used for several years in Scandinavia, Switzerland and the Italian and Austrian Alps. In practice, it involves covering the snow with a special insulating fabric that reflects the sun’s rays and keeps it cool. Covering will allow more than half of all snow to be preserved, up to five seasons in a row. Thanks to this, the complex can plan the opening of the winter season on a precise date.
“After the last winter season, we decided to store the remaining natural and technical snow for next winter. Repeated recycling of snow is a step towards sustainability and energy saving. A special textile, which is used against the melting of glaciers, will allow us to store and reuse last year’s snow at Monínec. The aim of snow recycling is to optimize operations, and at the same time it is a step towards sustainability,” said Jaroslav Krejčí, director of the complex.
In the first days, the resort will be open for evening skiing every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Daily skiing is expected from Friday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors will also be able to enjoy skiing on Christmas Day, when the lift will be in operation from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. From December 25, both day and night skiing will be possible again. Just like last year, the resort will focus on families with children, offering them not only a ski school, but also a children’s playroom, where they can have fun after lessons.