“I am very honored,” said Weile, who designed the beautiful and distinctive snow-ball shaped trophy. “It is quite a special feeling.”
The snowballs contain white glass on the inside and gray glass on the outside. A layer of clear glass is applied onto the gray glass to create a shadow effect. The snowballs have the hexagonal pattern familiar from Åre 2019 branding etched into the glass as well as an Åre 2019 snowflake.
Shiffrin wasn’t the only skier smiling as five other glass snowballs, in sizes that diminished with the order of rank, were presented to the top six ladies’ super-G finishers.
In all, Weile and her colleague Hanna Mossfeldt made 102 snowballs for all the top finishers across all of the events at the Championships.
The production process is a huge task, involving the actual blowing of the glass, cooling, grinding to make the bottom smooth and etching.
Add in the design process and the fact that Weile only began thinking about how to approach the project in November 2018 when she first met with Åre 2019 team, then the task became even more challenging.
“I had to make it simple,” Weile said. “I wanted to make a calm shape, sober and clean, that you can take back home and use as a vase or display on a shelf.”
Weile, who owns a glass-blowing studio in Åre that she started 15 years ago, said attention to detail went beyond the snowballs to include packaging to ensure they would be protected on their way home with their new owners.
Asked about the possibility of winner accidently dropping his or her prize during the award ceremony, Weile admitted that the snowballs are indeed breakable, but she intentionally designed them small enough so they could be held and transported more easily.
Weile also added she plans to make a few more snowballs just like the ones presented at the award ceremony, only smaller, for customers who want to have a similar trophy at home.