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Sochi 2014 Olympic Downhill for Ski and Snowboard Simulator Virtual Slope


The Sochi Mountain for the Ski Simulator

This year became a turning point in professional winter sports with SkyTechSport’s most recent development – the downhill skiing simulator and GPS replica of Sochi mountain resort at Olympic Games in 2014. The company came out with a unique GPS-scouting technology which allows to recreate real mountains. Olympic virtual courses were acknowledged by national ski teams as a full-fledged and truly invaluable training tool.


 A challenge for the team of developers

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

And it’s even more critical with the unfamiliar Sochi ski area, while each practice run there 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 don’t have to spend all the time and money? What if scientists and experts bring them a chance to learn any course by heart without leaving their training facilities?


And a new tool for Olympic athletes

It was just this year that the whole new technology was finalized, tested and approved. 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. One can hardly think of a better occasion to start a new era of virtual skiing: Olympic Sochi is the destination at the moment for all fans and professionals of snow sports.

The entire mountain was 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 Russi’s 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 and the profile of the slope on the one hand, — and a skier's motions on the machine on the other. 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.

Sochi 2014 Olymp Ski Simualtor and the Olympic Downhill Ski Race course

Roza Khutor Ski Resort in the Oluympic Sochi 2014

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.

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.



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.