SMI® was chosen by the Olympic Games 2014 Committee to care for the tracks that will host the Alpine, snowboard, freestyle and cross competitions in Rosa Khutor, Sochi, Russia.
Based on the coverage requirements, the snowmaking automation system was sized at 46m³/min water capacity, 23m³/min water cooling capacity, with 160 SMI Super PoleCat and SMI® Puma Snowtowers and Snowmakers for the Alpine slopes. The snowgun and hydrant spacing was tightened from 75 to 40 meters as the system dropped down in elevation. The full snowmaking power load for the 2010/11 system is 11.2 MW.
SMI®’s SmartSnow™ software and controls are the brains behind the automation. SmartSnow™ is monitoring and controlling the lake and sump levels, the water cooling pumps and towers, the three pump stations, the weather devices and snowguns. The software is dual language for both Russian and English.