The inspection on February 24, led by technical delegate Bohumír Zeman, scrutinised the readiness of the resort in the Low Tatras (Nízke Tatry) to host the world cup, for the first time in 30 years.
“The ski track in Jasná is prepared and the World Cup race can take place here,” Zeman said, as quoted by the SITA newswire, after he had checked all slopes, tracks and the snow quality on the previous day.
Organisers stated that the preparations will continue by building the finishing area, the stands with 700 seats and also the media centre. Lack of snow has forced them to produce this artificially, head of the World Cup in Jasná Jana Palovičová said, adding that they had started this process in November. During the last week in February, warm temperatures took Slovakia by surprise but organisers pointed out that the mountain climate in Jasná means that temperatures there are usually lower than in nearby locations at lower altitudes.
The track has been prepared, and from February 24, it will be closed to the public. Until February 27, Slovak skiers Veronika Velez-Zuzulová and Petra Vlhová will train there, and then it will be closed also for them. “My dream to compete at top level before Slovak fans will finally come true,” Velez-Zuzulová, number 2 in the current slalom standings, told SITA.
For spectators, both paid and unpaid zones are being prepared, with the paid ones lying in the finishing area. In the FAN zones, those who fail to buy a ticket can follow the course of the slalom. Other non-paid zones are located on the slopes, the TASR newswire wrote.
Organisers also said, through Maroš Sýkora, that transport will be regulated during the slalom, with cars being directed to bigger parking lots outside the resort itself, and a shuttle bus will be available from there, as well as from the nearby town of Liptovský Mikuláš. Attractions will also include music performances, a skiing simulator, wheel of fortune, competitions, and more.
Security will also be taken care of, in coordination with transport.
Dogs are permitted but not allowed to join the ski races.
The first slalom starts on March 5 at 10:30.