On Monday, Radio Sweden met with Kaj Linde, event manager for the world cup parallel slalom competition for men and women at Stockholm's Hammarbybacken ski slope. The race is the first world cup event to come to the capital.
Linde said the slope had to be prepped since December and his crew trucked in 10 extra snow canons to build up a base layer of snow. He said the ideal condition for the ski slope is that of a hard packed ice, which makes for a fast downhill run.
"These skiers want rock hard ice," he said.
In preparation for the contest, crews also set up grandstands for some 6,000 spectators. Linde said tickets for the event sold out two weeks in advance.