The Power Plant Slope

A Danish dryland slope running off a power plant has finally been completed, after several delays

An artificial surface ski slope, which runs down the sloping side of a power plant, has been completed, at least in terms of top to bottom coverage, in the past few days. The ski-slope-on-a-power-plant project, near Copenhagen, has attracted global coverage since it was first announced over six years ago – but its completion has been repeatedly delayed over the past few years.

Designed by innovative architects BIG, the new Amagar Bakke waste-to-power plant near Copenhagen was designed with a sloping roof for the specific purpose of being one of the world’s longest dry ski slopes. Escalators within the plant take skiers to the top of the building, which will also be home to the world’s highest artificial climbing wall on one of its vertical sides.

Opposing views of the new ‘CopenHill’, as seen below:

The power plant began operating over a year ago, but there has been slow progress on the ski slope, which was expected to finally open last month, then this month. The date being suggested now is March 2019.

The surface material being used is Neveplast from an Italian manufacturer – the same manufacturer that supplied new slopes at Hillend in Edinburgh, one of the UK’s largest dry slope centres, a few years ago.

The slope at the facility, which has been christened ‘CopenHill‘, has been laid from the top and the bottom of the slope simultaneously (similar to construction of the Channel Tunnel), with the two teams meeting in the middle yesterday.

One remaining issue with the project has been an attempt to create a ‘natural hillside’ on top of the power plant, with plants and grass growing below and through the slope. Last summer, the team working on the slope said they were having issues getting these plants established.

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