Construction of National Alpine Skiing Center's race tracks completed

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Construction has been completed for the National Alpine Skiing Center, including its race tracks, cableways, and snow maker installation, as well as relevant supporting facilities such as roads and electrical and communications facilities, according to an announcement by the Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office on Thursday.

For the 2022 Winter Olympics, Yanqing district will host alpine skiing, bobsleigh and luge events. As the first test event for Olympic competitions, the National Alpine Skiing Center will host the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in February 2020.

Situated in the Xiaohaituo Mountain Area in northwest Yanqing, the starting zone of the skiing center has a maximum slope of 68 degrees—one of the steepest race tracks in the world. With a kite-like shape, this structure tops off at the highest altitude in Beijing.

The skiing center will establish seven snow tracks, each stretching for about 10 kilometers, with the largest vertical drop reaching 900 meters. It will host 11 events such as sliding, super giant slalom, giant slalom and slalom. The tracks set for test events are the alpine ski race tracks, the training tracks, and adjacent roads.

Test runs have already begun for the snow maker and water diverter system. With pipes extending 7.5 kilometers out of the Yanqing competition zone, the system carries water for snow-making from the Foyukou Reservoir and the Baihepu Reservoir to a mini reservoir at an altitude of 1,050 meters at Xiaohaituo Mountain. The mini reservoir has started storing water and will transfer artificial snow to Xiaohaituo Mountain through pumps, according to a spokesperson of the Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office. This will help protect the ecology at the Xiaohaituo Mountain, as well as ensure the water supply for snow- and ice-making during the competitions.

The snow making process will officially kick off on Nov. 15. Meanwhile, the Yanqing competition zone has been connected to the Beijing-Chongli Expressway, allowing easier access for visitors from Beijing's downtown areas.

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