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Auger Torque and Avant help create Game of Thrones hotel
While most of us enjoying high temperatures in the land down under, it’s easy to forget that large parts of the northern hemisphere are currently covered in a thick blanket of ice and snow. Covering an area of about 20 square kilometres in the remote Lapland region of Finland, SnowVillage is a seasonal resort that consists of a Snow Hotel, with snow rooms and suites, Ice Restaurant, Ice Bar and Ice Chapel.
This year, the entire hotel, made possible through a collaboration with HBO Nordic is ‘Game Of Thrones’ themed. Within the hotel you can find a life-sized iron throne with swords, a scary Braavosi Hall of Faces and even a white walker with glowing blue eyes.
The impressive structure has been carved out using a custom-made Auger Torque Earth Drill paired with a 760i loader from Auger Torque OEM partner Avant.
Avant is one of Auger Torque’s main global partners and approached Auger Torque’s UK team to help design and build a special ice auger and frame to fit the 760i loader. The end result was the Avant XHD92 auger drive, based on the Auger Torque 4500MAX.
Avant says the auger was an immediate success and cut months of construction time.
“I’ve got very positive feedback,” Avant Tecno Finland’s Tapio Torkkel says. “Previously it took about 10-12 hours to make a passage through the heavily packed snow and ice wall. With a thickness of about 2-3m, this used to be done by a two-man team using chainsaws and therefore was quite time and labour intensive.
“With the auger the first cut can now be completed in only about five minutes. The team calculated that the auger saved manpower worth three months as the whole layout was actually planned around the new auger attachment and this strategy paid out,” Torkkel adds.