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2014-09-30 

Downhill Simulator for World's Best Racers

A duet of the most advanced software and the brand new Kinematic Power Vest — 
the Downhill Simulator Upgrade is a turning point in professional winter sports.

Training on a GPS replica of Olympic Sochi mountain allowed the U.S. Ski Team 
to beat the competition on the toughest course in the history of Winter Games. Now athletes can tackle Beaver Creek practicing twelve month a year from anywhere in the world!

Full-blown G-force effects, intense vibrations and compression effects combined with a unique GPS scouting technology recreate real downhill experience.

A challenge for the team of developers


In the tough discipline of downhill racing a skier must almost be able to ski with his eyes shut to win. Indeed, they don’t have much time to think about the next turn while speeding down at 90 mph.

This task becomes even trickier when training in unfamiliar ski areas, as each practice run involves a lot of prior work: square miles of snow must be thoroughly groomed, gates erected, nets and padding placed, and opportunities to carry out training are extremely limited.

But what if athletes and authorities didn’t have to spend all the time and money?

What if scientists and experts brought them a chance to learn any course by heart without leaving their training facilities?

 

And a new tool for Olympic athletes


SkyTechSport’s Research Division developed a method of complete recreation of real mountain areas and transferring them to SkyTech Virtual Reality System just as they are.

The entire mountains are GPS-scanned and rendered in meticulous detail, foot by foot, so that not only is every turn, jump, side-hill and traverse right where it is on original courses, but all the trees can be seen just where they happened to emerge from under the snow.

More important though are complex interrelations between the virtual terrain, the profile of the slope, and a skier's motions. The uniqueness of the program lies in its carefully elaborated correspondence between the movements of the trainee and reactions of real skis and a real slope.

 

New technology: inside and out


Besides sophisticated computer engineering, the ‘tangible’, mechanic part of Ski Simulators presented another challenge. While all existing models of SkyTechSport Ski Simulators are great for slalom and GS practice, downhill discipline has an entirely different physics due to extreme speeds.

The new SkyTechSport machines incorporate powerful drives that recreate downhill G-force effect, simulating intense vibrations and compression effects of up to 150 kg in load value. Dozens of sensing units read all of the skier’s movements and make possible recreating the exact same sensations. 

The simulator allows to choose snow conditions and adjust the smallest features of terrain. What is more, the computer system creates a stunning visual experience, letting us all witness a giant leap of progress in professional sports equipment.

SkyTechSport got Olympic-standard ski training onto a fundamentally different level with Olympic teams of several countries already using the machines to prepare their athletes before races.

Roza Khutor Ski Resort in the Olympic Sochi 2014   Roza Khutor Ski Resort in the Olympic Sochi 2014

Sochi, Russia 
The Roza Khutor Mountain Resort

The most challenging is a brand new 2.2-mile downhill course in Olympic Roza Khutor resort located near Sochi, that was constructed just in 2012. Designed by Bernhard Russi, the 1972 Olympic champion and the resent Chairman of the FIS Alpine Committee, the course was reported by top world skiers as ‘what the downhill is all about’ after testing it during World Cup in February 2012.

 

Beaver Creek, USA 
Top U.S. ski racing destination

Host to the World Ski Championship from as early as 1989 and the most beautiful mountain towns of the West, the five peaks of Beaver Creek boast 150 runs, the longest — Centennial — being 2,75 miles, and the vertical rise of 3,340 ft. We recreated the petrifying Birds of Prey racecourse for the Men’s Downhill and Raptor for the Women’s.

More innovations are on the way...

The potential of the unequalled technology and equipment is as great as the peaks of Zermatt, Beaver Creek and Les Trois Vallées combined, even more so as the plans for the near future include rendering more and more famous ski areas.