Year-Round Big Air Jump Centre Opens in Switzerland
A year-round outdoor freestyle centre for skiers has opened in the Swiss resort of Leysin.
‘Le Bag’ features two dry ski ramps leading to two jumps, one 16 metres high aimed at less experienced jumpers, the other 22 metres high for the most experienced.
The jumps, covered in JF Dryski matting, take freestyle skiers and boarders into the air above a sloping 55m X 25m big air bag. The 26-metre-high top of the run into the jumps is accessed via conveyor lift from the base.
It’s a busy time for competitive skiers and boarders in Switzerland.
The centre’s operators invited a number of pro skiers to test the slopes with professional skier Mathilde Gremaud rating the new facility very highly.
Laax, which opened Europe’s first indoor freestyle training centre has moved the facility temporarily into a circus big top tent while an improved new centre is built.
Then up on the country’s glaciers, suffering like those across the alps from low snow cover last winter and a hot spring and summer, Saas Fee has re-opened for its 22-23 season but is limiting glacier access to privately-booked professional ski teams for the time being due to limited terrain being open.