SkiStar installs ‘one-of-a-kind’ interactive experience with Technomad25 January 2013
Located in the Åre municipality in northern Sweden, SkiStar is said to be the largest ski resort in Northern Europe. Its skiers now enjoy an interactive experience on the slopes after an AV solution comprising Technomad Paris and Vernal loudspeakers was installed at the resort.
Systems integrator Watt & Volt, which recently joined Technomad’s European dealer network, was enlisted to design and install an audio system to complement the new lighting structure deployed by lighting specialists Ljusarkitektur.
The synchronized, multi-zone entertainment system delivers a captivating lighting and sound experience to skiers, with audio originated through zoned DMX-controlled MP3 players.
“This is a completely new concept for ski resorts in the north of Europe, perhaps even beyond,” commented Niklas Hamrin, managing director, Watt & Volt. “To our knowledge, it is the only system in the north of Europe of its kind, in the way the ambient sounds connect surrounding areas with the lighting installation.”
Technomad loudspeakers were found as the right solution due to their complete weatherproof construction and ability to withstand harsh outdoor environments, as well as providing excellent audio quality.
“We find the audio quality to be very good, especially considering the extremely rugged build,” continued Hamrin. “Their loudspeakers provide the appropriate protection considering the large snow amounts and extremely low temperatures, which can drop to between -30º and -40º.”
Technomad Paris loudspeakers, which provide full-range audio output in a classic column design, were installed at locations where musical reproduction and exceptional bass output were required. Watt & Volt chose Technomad Vernal loudspeakers, the most compact model in the company’s portfolio, at stations where intelligible speech is a priority.
Hamrin added that both models satisfy unobtrusive audio system requirements from SkiStar and Ljusarkitektur. The loudspeakers are installed alongside compact, protective, heated cabinets with built-in amplifiers to complete the outdoor installation.
Future expansion plans include the installation of more Technomad loudspeakers at outdoor gondolas throughout the resort. The gondola systems will include battery-powered, RFID-controllable MP3 players built into ultra-compact, highly protective plastic cases.