ARAG Big Air – The Giant in the Stadium
With the first European big air double world cup ARAG Big Air Festival brought winter sports to the city and rounded up the greatest freestyle sports stars. One hundred twenty athletes from 20 nations competed during the first weekend of December. To be more specific, they will convene at an altitude of 49 meters and therefore on the highest FIS Big Air ramp, which was assembled by NUSSLI.
Within just two and a half weeks the 30-strong team constructed the ready-to-use 49-meter-high, 120-meter-long Big Air ramp. Like a giant, it stands with one foot in the stadium, ready to catapult the daring ski and snowboard freestylers into the air. The ramp straddles three plots of land, from a two-lane road, to the hockey stadium forecourt, across the grandstand and finally down to the hockey stadium. Precise planning on the order of centimeters and installation were, therefore, of enormous importance. Likewise, due to the enormous height of the ramp and the load resulting from more than 1,000 cubic meters of snow, statics continued to be the focal point for both planning and execution.
Initiator allrounder has succeeded not only in organizing the ARAG Big Air Freestyle Festival event that brings 9,000 spectators streaming into the Sparkassenpark, but also in bringing the first Big Air double World Cup to Europe. The snowboard and skiing freestylers compete here for the World Cup points which, perhaps, will bring them to the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.