For an athlete, it is a big deal to make it to the X Games. But the action behind the scenes is equally exciting. Constructing the numerous elements takes a lot of know-how. The professionals from Snow Park Technologies, a.k.a. SPT, and Schneestern have handled this assignment brilliantly with their fleets from PistenBully. The result? Probably the craziest snow arenas in the world!
Every year, the Winter X Games are highlights for the athletes and magnets for the crowds from all around the world. Because only the best make it to the X Games. Those who compete here are among the global elite. And they all showed up – first in Aspen, Colorado: Hundreds of athletes competed on Buttermilk Mountain in the heart of the Rocky Mountains for titles in the various events. And they delivered top performances – whether in Slopestyle, Big Air or Bike Cross. Shortly after, they did the same in Hafjell, Norway. After its premiere in Aspen, the new event “Ski Knuckle Huck” garnered enthusiasm in Norway as well: Freeskiers launched themselves off the edge of the Big Air jump and just let their creativity flow. The crowd got to see some crazy jumps!
Challenging terrain and tight deadlines. The inventive professionals from SPT deliver their best performance when building world class runs. And they completely rely on their PistenBullys with extra pulling force, climbing capability and movement radius of the attachments.
Construction in Hafjell was one of the most intense projects for Schneestern, who was responsible for building this arena – and a true challenge for the organizer. “Hafjell, a resort town, had a winter full of national and international events. Due to this, Schneestern had only ten days for construction. And all snow groomers owned by the ski area had been assigned to other tasks. Without the help of PistenBully, our X Games would have been practically impossible: At short notice, Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG provided us with two state-of-the-art PistenBullys,” says Henning Andersen, CEO of SAHR, the organizer of X Games Norway. The usual building time for such a project, by the way, is about three weeks. Schneestern, together with PistenBully, accomplished the impossible within ten days.