Nové Město na Moravě 07.– 18. 02.
4. 2. 2024

There's plenty of snow. IBU referee praised the conditions of the tracks in NMNM

The first athletes and also ski technicians tried the conditions of the tracks in Nové Město na Moravě on Sunday. Radovan Šimočko, who will be supervising the tracks at the World Championships as an IBU referee, was also there. And the organizing team received praise from him.

"The conditions of the tracks right now are great," said the experienced Slovak. "I like how thick the layer of snow is here. It should last at least two weeks, even if the weather doesn't improve. At the same time, I know that there is more snow in storage."

On Sunday, it was around 7 degrees in Nové Město na Moravě and occasionally drizzling. Organizers adjusted their strategy accordingly.

"The snow layer is now soaked with water, and if we were to drive a snowcat over it, we would introduce air, and the snow would melt. And of course, we don't want that. That's why we're grooming the track as little as possible right now. On Monday, we'll try to prepare the track finally and spread the snow a bit wider," outlined Šimočko the current plan.

According to him, the competitions are not endangered despite the unfavorable forecast. "I'm not worried. There's still so much snow in storage that even if everything disappeared from the tracks, we could create a new four-kilometer circuit with a meter-thick layer. Of course, I don't want to summon that, and I'm grateful for the condition of the tracks right now."

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