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The Ski Slope Built on a Sand Dune by the Seaside Using Pine Needles in Southwest France in 1938

A 250 metre long ski slope was created in 1938 on the south west French coast at Arcachon on the shores of the Bay of Biscay.  Known as Créppins, the slope was  covered with pine needles (locally called grépin) which offered what were described as, “very good gliding conditions.” It was used especially for training in slalom, downhill and even

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The Predecessors of Dry Slopes

Prior to the first permanent dry slopes in the 1960s, there were two development stages in England. The first involved teaching skiing on flat gradient ‘hard surfaces’ (in school halls and playgrounds, village halls and the like) as pictured above. The second was the development of  a brush board portable slope – effectively large wooden boards where the brushes were

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Conveyor Slopes Centre Opens in Dubai

A conveyor ski machines centre has opened in Dubai. The Infinite Ski centre uses two Ski Maxxtracks machines with rotating slopes with the ski surface coming towards you like a runners treadmill, sloping downhill and with a much larger surface, so users can ski or snowboard ‘forever.’  Or at least as long as the machine is switched on. Located in

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Year-Round Outdoor Nordic Ski Centre Opens in Poland

An unusual year-round Nordic ski area has opened in Poland. The Transgraniczne Centrum Turystyki Aktywnej is a well-established winter cross country ski centre offering Nordic walking and roller-skiing in summer but has not previously been able to offer cross country skiing when there’s no snow. The new facility comprises four separate stretches of track, each about 100 metres long. Two

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