Final preparations at the facilities of the main student competitions are underway in Almaty. Kazakhstan’s ski resort Shymbulak is preparing to welcome the participants of the Winter Universiade. Seven tracks: Aziada, Olympiski, Professor, Pole Chudes, Terrassa and Truba are currently closed for public skating. The rest of the tracks will operate in the usual mode. Laying the cables for broadcasting, installation and mounting of temporary stands, starting and finishing gates, security networks has already begun on the closed slopes.

SERGEY TSYBENKO, HEAD OF SITE MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE, UNIVERSIADE 2017:

Major sport events: alpine skiing competition, freestyle and snowboarding that involve about 750 athletes from more than 20 countries will be held in Shymbulak. Therefore we have to conduct more intensive training.

Shymbulak has more than half a century history. Even in Soviet times, the resort was an active training base for alpine skiing athletes. Later, the resort was reconstructed, and the total length of tracks, certified by the International Ski Federation, was stretched twofold.

The Baluan Sholak Palace of Sports will also host competitions of the Winter Universiade. Competitions in ice hockey among women will be held on the main arena, and short track competitions will be held on the small arena. This complex, with a capacity of 5,000 people, has a half-century history. In 2010, ahead of the 7th Winter Asian Games the Palace was renovated to meet the international standards. Now the palace hosts competitions of continental and world levels in the Olympic sports.

Universiade competitions in ski jumping and Nordic Combined will be held at the International complex Sunkar. It was built in 2010 and consists of two zones - a combined ski jumping hill with both artificial and snow surfaces. The stands can accommodate 5,500 people. 

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