After the big snowfall in the beginning of December the arrival of a cold front helped SIB (the Bormio's Lift Company) to produce snow with the powerful plant developed for the 2005 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Right now all the slopes, from the start house to the finish line, are perfectly covered, and only the finish area is still under the fire of the snow cannons. The entire course will be covered with artificial snow as only the base is of natural snow.
Up until the pre-Christmas weekend the entire Stelvio course, from Ciuk to the bottom of the mountain, was open to the public. This helped the team guided by Pier Dei Cas and Tino Pietrogiovanna to obtain smoother and near perfect snow conditions for the downhill racers.
Right after the snow control check on 19th December, FIS Race Director Helmuth Schmalzl worked on shaping the jumps on the Stelvio course. With much snow a lot of terrain could be built and a perfect mix between thrill and safety can be achieved.
Last year the weather conditions led to a very icy and hard snow. Right now, as in Val Gardena, the snow is very aggressive, but not iced. Perfect for a downhill race!