The World’s Largest Dry Ski Slopes BY AREA
It’s usually fairly straight forward to find out how long a dry ski slope is, but getting a width stat so you can calculate slope area is more difficult.
Along side the centres that grab the headlines for their long slopes, others opt for shorter but wider slopes which may have more space to turn.
Still other centres have lots of shorter, wider slopes for more people to learn their skills at once, perhaps with a selection of different types of slope.
Few areas do publish their total slope area but we’ve asked around and made guesses where we couldn’t get an answer to try to work out where are the world’s biggest slopes by area.
So here are the 20 slopes believed to be* the largest in the world by area.
1: 44,000 sqm: Kagura, Japan
The world’s second longest dry ski slope at Kagura in Japan is 1.1km in length and up to 50m wide, but not 50m wide its whole length so we are ‘guesstimating’ a 40-metre width average to get the 44,000 square metres figure.
The slope is not there year-round but set up each summer and autumn using mats supplied by the Korean Company PIS TEC.
“The slope is set up on the Family course in the Mitsumata area and served by their Mitsumata quad chairlift. You need to first get the Mitsumata cable car up there. It’s normally open 9am-4pm weekdays from early July through to early October and every day at peak times in August and also September,” explained a spokesperson for SnowJapan.com, the long-time exports on all things Japanese skiing, who have much more information on Kugara and the wider Yuzawa region.
2: 38,000 sqm: Bears Town, South Korea
PIS TEC who supply the Kagura slope in Japan are based at the Korean ski area of Bears Town, where they have a four-season slope called Peace Lab. This comprises an 800 metre long main slope and a 150 metre long nursery slope. We are making the same assumption of a 40 metre width.
=3: 20,000 sqm: Olympic Forest Park, Beijing, China
Opened on 10th September 2017 and claiming to be one of the largest in Asia, the complex uses JF Ski dry slope matting and is recognised by the FIS and BASI.
=3: 20,000 sqm: Nozawa Onsen, Japan
Nozawa Onsen, one of Japan’s longest established and leading ski areas, built one of the world’s longest dry ski slopes which opened on July 1st, 2017, complete with its own chairlift and computer controlled ticket access gates. The slope is 500m long, its steepest sections have a maximum gradient of 27° and average slope 12° For the area estimated average width 40m.
5: 17,500 sqm: Veduchi, Russia
The world’s longest ski slope at present is located in Russia’s Chechnya region. Completed in late 2019 the 1,130m long slope is made from NP30 grade Neveplast material from Italy. The slope is 15.5 metres wide and is permanently in place.
6: 17,000 sqm: Yunmen Mountain All-Seasons Resort, Qingzhou, China
Opened in 2018 the ski centre has five main ski slopes covering a combined area of 17,000 square metres and covered with what appears to be a Chinese domestic dry ski slope surface. Ski and board slopes are pitched at 10-15 degrees with tubing runs, including one within the building, at 6 – 20 degrees.
7: 16,200 sqm: Hillend, Edinburgh, Scotland
The exact area of the Hillend ski slopes combined is currently unknown. So the figure is a ‘best guess’. It has two main slopes, the longer 300m, then another around 200m long. Both can be accessed from the top of the long tow and chairlift. It also houses three 20m long nursery slopes. Assuming an average 30 metres. The total area stat is based on one slope 300m x 30m (guesstimate) = 9,000sqm, second slope 200m x 30m = 6,000 sqm, and three 20×20 metre nursery slopes = 1,200sqm. In contrast to many of the slopes at the top of this list, Hillend is one of the world’s longest established dry ski centres dating back to the 1960s.
8: 16,000 sqm: Chengdu, Xindu JF Dry-Ski Four Season Resort, Chengdu, China
Large dry ski centre with the largest dry slope in Southwest China is located in Majia Town, Xindu District, built in 2017. The Ski Resort rises from the flat ground and is structured into a pyramid, the highest point 27 metres up with the longest slope is 178 metres. There are ski slopes for all ability levels from beginner to expert, with a big air slope and air bag added in 2000. There’s also a moguls slope, snow park and dry ski and snowboarding school. Nine carpet lifts serve the slopes and there’s also a second airbag and a trampoline.
9: 14,687 sqm: Buck Hill, Minnesota, USA
Apart from very long slopes, some ski areas have a number of shorter, wider slopes which combined give a large area. That’s the case at the Buck Hill ski resort where three slopes have a Neveplast Np30 surface. They are 330m long x 24m wide, 170m long by 28m wide and 30m long by 16m wide respectively.
10: 14,000 sqm: Noeux les Mines, Calais, France
One of the world’s great year-round skis lopes was created on a former coal mine close to Calais in 1996 using the Snowflex surface. The 350m long main slope has a 110m vertical and pitches of up to 28%. We have estimated slope width at 40 metres.
11: 12,000sqm: Ski Club of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
With a long established dry ski slope where over 100,000 people have learned to ski over the years in a country with no natural ski hills, the Club has an active membership of more than 150. There are four slopes totalling 400 metres in length, the longest 180 metres long. Estimated average width of 30 metres.
12: 11,000 sqm: Altin Oran, Turkey.
Part of a large development on the outskirts of Ankara, this is one of the world’s largest artificial ski slopes, completed in 2015 by Snowflex® and covering 11,000m2 (107,640sqft). The 200m long x 45m wide main slope includes a series of kickers, a table top, rollers, waves, a 4m high quarter pipe and a rail park is served by a double chairlift. There’s also a nursery slope measuring 30m x 30m which also offers tubing.
= 13: 10,800 sqm: Oss Alpine Centre, The Netherlands
Operating three slopes, each 110-130 metres long, supported by four lifts, this is one of Europe’s larger centres. For the area calculation we assumed average slope length 120m x 3 x average slope width 30m.
= 13: 10,800 sqm: De Schans Ski & Snowboardclub, The Netherlands
Established in 1981 and one of Europe’s leading and largest dry ski centres. Marketed as the largest ski slope in the southern Netherlands. De Schans has 3 well-maintained winter sports slopes each 120 metres long with 47 metres of vertical. Assumed average slope width 30 metres.
15: 10,260 sqm: Sàtoraljaùjheli, Hungary
This Neveplast slope is one of Europe’s longest at 3870 metres and is 27 metres wide.
=16: 10,000 sqm: Kopaonik, Serbia
Europe’s longest dry slope yet, created by the Neveplast company at Serbia’s leading ski area of Kopaonik, is 800m long, making it one of the four longest in the world. It is 12.5 metres wide.
=16: 10,000 sqm: JF Ski Centre, Foshan, China
Installed in 2017 the JF Dry Ski Slope In Foshan is one of the biggest dry ski slopes in China so far.
17: 9.600 sqm: Sanjiao Mountain Haoyu Four Seasons Ski Resort, China
Opened at the end of 2017, following a total investment of 56 million yuan, Sanjiao Mountain Haoyu Four Seasons Ski Resort is located at the foot of Sanjiao Mountain in Xishui County, Hubei Province and is one of the largest dry ski resorts in Central China. The ski area of the ski resort is about 9,600 square meters, with: riding slope (suitable for skiers with no experience, tubing runs, primary ski slope, Intermediate ski slope, advanced ski slope. The ski area can accommodate up to 300 people at the same time and has a daily reception capacity of 3,500 people.
18: 9,500sqm: Szczęśliwice, Poland
Floodlit 227m long slope with water misting system on Dendix surface set in parkland with good views of Warsaw. Average slope gradient of 21 per cent. 40 metres wide it covers a surface area of 9,500 square metres.
19: 9,400 sqm: Ski Centrum Moser, The Netherlands
A large facility with varied slopes, including a 130 metre easy run, a 170 metre red run and a 170 metre black run – one of the longest artificial surface blacks in the world. Assumed average slope width 20m.
=20: 9,000 sqm: Copenhill, Denmark
By creating an artificial surface ski slope down the sloping side of a renewable energy power plant near their capital, the Danes gained worldwide publicity ahead of the centre’s opening in 2019. The 380m Neveplast slope has been designed to blend in to a ‘natural hillside’ design with grass growing through the surface material. The slope, served by conveyor lifts, is one of Europe’s longest.
=20: 9,000 sqm: Skicentrum Drechtsteden, The Netherlands
One of Europe’s larger centres with four slopes, the longest 150 metres in length, served by three lifts. The shorter slopes include a steep 75 metre run, but there’s also a gentle 30 metre nursery slope. Guesstimated area based on combined slope length of 300m x 30m average width.
Also Of Note:
Cap’Découverte in France opened a ski slope in 2003 which was claimed to be the longest in Europe at 540 metres. From images the slope looks quite wide so there could be as total slope area of perhaps 15,000-20,000sqm. However the site no longer advertises skiing but tubing on shorter tracks and does not respond to enquiries so it is unclear if the full area is still there and if skiing is still possible. https://www.capdecouverte.com/activites-a-la-carte/
In addition, one of the world’s biggest dry slopes was opened close to Portugal’s only snow resort, Serra de Estrella. There is, or was, a main 400 metre slope and several other slopes too giving a probable slope area of between 10,000 and 15,00sqm. It is currently unclear whether this centre still operates – social media does not seem to have been updated since 2014 so it doesn’t seem to.
At an estimated 16,530 sqm the former ski area at Hayahi no Mine in Japan (below) would have been 8th biggest. It was a long established dry ski centre with two artificial slopes, 333 and 218 metres long respectively. Average width of 30 metres assumed for area calculation.