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New Dry Ski Slope For Italian School

The Bilingual European School of Milan (BES) in Italy now offers skiing in the schoolyard with the installation of a new dry slope, 30 metres long and 10 metres wide with a safe gradient of 10%, by the Bergamo-based company Neveplast. The new slope was declared open by former Alpine skiing champion Giorgio Rocca while the Alpine skiing World Championships

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Ski & Surf YEAR-ROUND in Oklahoma

A new centre which allows visitors to try skiing and surfing at the same location, side by side, is set to open this May in Oklahoma City. The existing Riversport complex which already offers Olympic and Paralympic standard white water rafting and rowing as well as an artificial wave pool for surfers is to install a SkiMachine from Alpine Engineering

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Austrian Resorts Adds Year-Round ‘Startpark’

Austria’s Schladming ski area is set to unveil a new ‘startpark’ this spring at the resort’s Reiteralm ski area, already a favoured destination among ski and snowboard cross specialists who come from all over the world to train at the existing Cross Park there. The new startpark will have an added dimension that other training facilities do not however –

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Dry Ski Slope Planned for Preston

A dry ski slope has been announced as one of the attractions at a proposed £60m multi-sports centre planned for Preston. Christened ‘Phoenix Park’ the centre would be a development of the existing Trax education and sporting facility, which was established 20 years ago on the banks of the city’s Ribble Estuary near Preston Docks. Local media reports that a

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Hollywood’s Pine Needles Slope of 1939

The Pine Needles Slope was set up near Universal City by Sepp Benedickter, an Austrian ski racer who, among many claims to skiing fame, was also closely involved in the development of Sun Valley resort and also reputedly employed as a ski teacher by Hollywood stars including Henry Fonda and Gary Cooper on the dry slope.  He also appeared as

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ThE gravel Ski slope

One of the more interesting ideas for an artificial surface ski slope was put forward in 1958 by German industrialist Dr Rudolf Alberti. Alberti owned a mining operation in the country’s Harz Mountains. Established in 1958 and still in operation today as Deutsche Baryt-Industrie, the company produced barium sulphates and calcium fluoride. Dr Alberti, a keen skier, took an interest

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Indoor Ski Complex Opens at Changchun, China

On the same latitude line as the world-famous ski resorts in Hokkaido, four never-ending indoor ski slopes have opened at a new centre at Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province in China. Changhun, also known as “the Detroit of China” because of its immense automobile industry, is home to a large family entertainment centre including four ski slope machines manufactured

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Dry Slope Skier Crowned World’s Best And Wins Crystal Globe

A boarder who initially learned her skills and then spent most of her formative years on dry slopes has won the annual Crystal Globe from the International Ski Federation having finished the 2019-20 World Cup season well ahead in the women’s snowboard slopestyle competition. Katie Ormerod from Brighouse in Yorkshire, England, is the first British woman and the first British

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