People have been skiing on dry ski slopes of one sort or another for at least 100 years. Here are some slopes that have had their time and no longer operate, but are fondly remembered by those who knew and loved them.
Links on this page lead to businesses involved with the slopes that are still operating or to articles about the former slopes.
Argentina, Buenos Aires
Right in the heart of Buenos Aires Neveplast installed a temporary learning slope designed for children and adults to learn to ski or snowboard. It had a length of 30 metres and a width of 10 metres. It was set up on the occasion of “Generación Deportiva Buones Aires 2018” event, sponsored by the City and the Argentine Olympic Committee with the aim to promote winter sports and to discover potential future talents, in view of the “Youth Olympic Games” that were held in Argentina in 2018.
Australia, Melbourne, Ski City
Ski City in Melbourne was a major indoor ski facility with three conveyor machines, but unfortunately closed in or before 2020.
Australia, Victoria, Mt Hotham
Australia’s Mt Hotham ski area is believed to have operated the two conveyor ski machines that were formerly at the now closed Ski City in Melbourne (pictured). The resort offered them as additional training facilities.
One of the world’s original indoor ski slopes, second after Berlin, used a chemical mixture including soda and mica on top of straw and sawdust to create a kind of ski slope. It operated between November 1927 and May 1928 but rapidly lost popularity as skiers were unimpressed by the artificial snow after the novelty wore off.
Belgium’s long-established Aspen dry ski slope was demolished and replaced with one of Europe’s newest indoor snow centres in 2017.
Belgium, Genk, Kattevennen
Operating a 70 metre slope in the town of Genk there are reports of the slope being open as recently as 2013 and of proposals to open a new slope on the now disused site.
One of the world’s original dry ski slopes dating from the mid 1960s and a purpose-built concrete structure. The council closed the facility in late 2017 despite protests by over 5,000. The slope was demolished in 2018. The ski club continues to operate using a nearby indoor snow centre.
Denmark, Søhøjlandet Ski Centre
Formerely one of Europe’s largest and widest artificial slopes, including a variety of terrain, with mogul fields. There was a separate beginners slope and ‘axe throwing’ is listed amongst the non-ski activities. Installed a Doppelmayr drag lift in 1995. Claimed to be Scandinavia’s only year round winter sports centre at the time. Part of a large sports and conference centre. Reported closed in 2017.
England, London, Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace, situated on one of the highest hills in central London, had a dry ski slope known to be operational at least in to the 1980s. A 1987 directory lists a 100 x 25m main slope and a 50 x 15m nursery slope. Open September to March and using Snowmat and Sorbomat surfaces. The park’s hillside is still used for sledging and skiing by locals on rare occasions of natural snow cover. There was also a dry slope indoors (below) that was known to operate at trade shows in the early 1960s.
England, Essex, Basildon, Aquatel Centre
A small centre known to have existed in the late 1980s. It is listed in publications at the time as having dimensions of 12m by 6m and a Dendix surface.
This former dry ski slope now forms a garden of remembrance for a new crematorium that opened on the site in 2019. In 1993v the centre is believed to have been known as ‘Watermead Slopes’ Image of the then derelict slope taken in 2006 © Copyright Rob Farrow
England, Bassingbourne Snowsports Centre
A club slope with long standing support that has battled since 2012 to recover public access after a rule change meant the former way in on Ministry of Defence land prevented members of the public accessing the slope. Sadly the effort was ultimately unsuccessful with the slopes removed by the military and the surface matting moved to other centres.
England, London, Beckton Alps
A once popular ski slope built on a spoil heap on the outskirts of London. Illustrious visitors from the 1980s included Princess Diana and Franz Klammer. In the late 1980s it was run by/named Mountaintop Ltd and promoted as “London’s Ski village.” There were plans to build a snowdome and work began and the centre renamed London SnowWorld but the company concerned went bust. The slope closed in 2001. In nits heyday the centre had a 200m Dendix slope and a 125m mogul slope as well as a nursery slope with three Briton handle tow lifts. There was also a small gym and sauna. Some 50 ski instructors worked at the centre at peak times.
England, Barrow in Furness, Black Coombe Ski Club
A 1987 directory lists a 30.5 square metre Vango snow surface for use by club members only.
England, Newhaven, Borrowski
Reported to be a small, indoor slope, with a not particularly slippery carpet surface, that was not a conveyor type. A 1987 listing gives the slope as Dendix at that point, 30m long and open daily 9am to 10pm from March to September. Ski tow and nursery slope too.
England, Dorset, Bournemouth Ski Slope
A 1987 listing gives the slope details as 13m long, Dendix and located at St Michael’s Road.
Established by John Nike in 1985 and becoming one of England’s leading ski centres with long, medium and nursery slopes plus terrain park and ‘Cresta Run’ Became part of Nike group of UK dry slope centres. It was one of the first and few dry slopes to have a chair lift. It’s famous alumni include Eddie ‘The ‘Eagle’ Edwards and the slope also appeared in the Ali G Movie. It was closed down in Spring 2020 having closed for the first pandemic lockdown and following John Nike’s death, with the owners saying repair costs were too high to justify. There was a 150m originally Dendix main slope and a 60m nursery slope.
England, Brighton Adult Education Centre
Little is known of this centre which is believed to have ceased operating before 2000. It may have been a slope listed in 1987 as a “30x6m slope with a 14m run out area made of Dendix” at a Stanley Deason Leisure Centre. Floodlit slope, video analysis.
England, Oxfordshire, RAF Brize Norton
A former dry slope within a military base. According to this report from its opening, in had a plastic surface with a stainless steel base from a ‘new company in Scotland’ (unknown). The slope was used for military training and by members of the public.
England, London, Bromley Ski Centre
A popular south London ski slope with 120 metre main run that worked hard for the community and had a disability snowsports division. operated for more than 40 years but closed in late 2016 to make way for a housing development.
There’s no information on the dry ski slope here, only that it did exist at least into the 1980s and possibly early 1990s. The collage opened in 1964 and was absorbed by the University of Reading in 1989.
England, Somerset, Butlins Minehead
It is known that this slope was opened in 1965 using a Dendix-like brush material but arranged in parallel lines rather than a honeycomb layout. It is reported to have been 45 metres (150 metres) long and was built on a scaffold structure. It is nor clear how long it operated. The holiday camp also had a gondola ride but the ski slope did not have a lift.
England, Berks, Reading, Carters Ski Slope
Operated by an outdoor sports company that’s party of a family business dating back to the 1830s. The slope was a Dendix type measuring 20 x 6 metres. The retail division of the company is still operating as a shop in Reading and online.
England, North Yorkshire, Catterick Indoor Ski Centre
The former second largest indoor dry ski slope in the UK was located at Catterick Barracks in North Yorkshire and boasted a 20 metre vertical and three runs for different abilities. these included a 50 x 19m main slope and a 15 x 12m nursery slope which in the 1980s had a Skimat surface. It has been taken out of service sometime before a fire destroyed the building where it was located in February 2003.
England, London, Crystal Palace Ski Slope
A short Dendix slope was known to have been installed and in used by 1965, with press preview recorded on 22nd October that year. The slope was reported to still be there in the mid 1990s although one former user talks of a slope of plastic bobbles not as good as brush so the surface may have changed. A report to London’s Council in 1976 referred to the future of the ski slope run at the time by the Norwood Society. In 1987 the slope was reported to be made of Dendix and 32x18m in area.
England, Sussex, Euroski
Part of a business established in 1973 that sold wintersports equipment in autumn and winter and roller skis in summer, and is still trading, this was a popular indoor Dendix slope.
England, Brighton, Eurosport
Located on North Road, the ski slope was covered in Sorbo Mat and according to a 1987 listing was open October to April, 9am to 9pm daily.
England, Cradley Heath, Haden Hill
Believed to have been part of a leisure centre development that was established in 1976, the slope is described as “short lived” in historical accounts, it is listed as still in existence in a directory published in 1987. It is reported to have been a Dendix slope and open year round.
England, Essex, Harlow Ski & Snowboard Centre
This once popular centre with three runs, three lifts and 50 metres of vertical was part closed when heavy rain caused a landslide which took out the top of the slope but kit was then all sold off for a housing development. The slope is believed to have opened in the early 1970s and was still beimng lauded as one of the new town’s attractions in 1980, but is reported to have been removed by 2003.
England, North Yorkshire, Harrogate Ski Slope
Believed to have been located on the Great Yorkshire Showground and operated by Yorkshire Skiing Limited, Harrogate was where the famous British ski racing Bell brothers learned their skills. Known to have existed in the 1970s, there was planning permission for new buildings in 1985 but it was reported closed before 2006. AS 1987 report says there was a 180m Dendix main slope and two 20m nursery slopes.
England, Hemel Hempstead
Where now The Snow Centre (pictured under construction in 2009) stands there was a major dry ski slope. Open all year the Dendix main slope was 180 metre long and there were two nursery slopes and two ski tows.
England, Alston, High Plains Lodge ski Slope
This small dry slope is known to have been operating in the mid 1980s but it’s unclear when it was created and when it closed down. It is reported to have been a 35m long Dendix slope with a ski tow for use by residents and by the public with prior bookings. One of England’s outdoor snow slopes, open when natural snowfall allows, is at nearby Yad Moss. The former High Plains Lodge outdoor activity centre was sold off in 2017.
England, Middlesex, Uxbridge Hillingdon Ski & Snowboard Centre
Formerly one of the UK’s leading dry ski slope centres with runs for different abilities adding up to around 400 metres of ski runs served by three lifts in its heyday. The company that managed the ski slope ceased trading in December 2000 and was wound up in February 2001. Slopes included a 135 metre main run and a 30m nursery slope, both Dendix.
England, Merseyside, Kirby
This 150 foot (50 metre) slope was built in 1973 but never opened. The site was found to have multiple problems including facing in to the sun and more seriously, ground subsidence issues. The issues were so serious that some of the public officials involved on the project were ultimately jailed for corruption. Image Credit Liverpool Echo who published several reports.
A slope which (at the last report) still exists, but is no longer usable. To quote a College staff member, “I am afraid we no longer have an operational slope. In fact, it is so overgrown it looks like a Bronze Age burial mound!” According to Ski Magazine’s 1987 Annual the slope was/is an 80m long, 10m wide Dendix run.
England, Leicestershire, Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre
The Outdoor Pursuits Club grew out of a 19th century rowing club. In the spring of 1982 the club was taken over by Leicester City Council. Improvements in facilities followed including the ski slope added a year later. Over the next few years the OPC grew to be a Centre of Excellence, attracting people from all over the country to train and be assessed for National Governing Body Awards. Unfortunately with the onset of compulsory competitive tendering and budgetary constraints the dry ski slope had to be pulled down in November 1992 and the club was threatened with closure a year later but thanks to some dedicated members continues to this day.
England, Liverpool Polytechnic
Liverpool Poly (Now Liverpool John Moore’s University) formerly operated a small 14 by 9 metres Dendix slope at the I M Marsh Campus on Barkhill Road. It is known to have existed in the late 1980s but its creation and closdure dates are unknown.
England, Manchester Ski School
Located beneath an Ellis Brigham ski shop, the 30 x 10m surface was originally Dendix, later replaced with Snowmat.
England, Morpeth Ski Slope
Located on land owned by King Edward VI School, Morpeth Ski Slope is known to have been in existence in 1982 as their are images in the National Archive of it from that time. The slope was reported to be derelict in 2005 when a plan to build a tiered garden on it began to take shape. A 1987 listing gives slope dimensions as 50 x 13m and surface material Dendix.
England, Greater Manchester, Oldham
Oldham’s dry ski slope was built within the grounds of Counthill School in the 1970s. The school opened in 1951 and was closed in 2012. The buildings have since been demolished and the site used for housing. The image of the derelict slope was taken around 2013. A 1987 listing gives the slope details as 75m x 14m, Dendix with floodlighting and a Briton lift.
England, London, Philbeach Hall
This early dry ski slope was operated by Simpson’s of Piccadilly as ‘The Dry Ski School’ at Philbeach Hall, Earl’s Court. The slope enabled beginners to learn the basics of skiing without going to a winter resort. It is believed to have been one of the world’s first with special ski matting, first opened in 1961 or 1962.
England, Nottingham, Richard Herrod Ski Centre (formerly Carlton Forum)
A dry ski slope in the Gedling/Carlton/Mapperley area of Nottingham, originally known as Carlton Forum. The slope had a 20 metre vertical and this was where the creator of this website learned to ski in 1978. It appears to have been extended at some point to 80 metres in length, with the upper half raised above the ground by scaffolding. It was reported to be popular in the 1970s and 1980s but by the 1990s was losing money badly and eventually closed in 1999 rather than investing in much needed upgrades.
England, Yorkshire, Sheffield Ski Village
Formerly a claimant to being the location of England, Britain, Europe’s and possibly the world’s largest dry slope area at the time, and where many of England’s best freestyle skiers learned their skills, Sheffield was destroyed by multiple arson attacks. However it is due to be rebuilt (see Future Slopes).
England, London, London, Simpson’s of Piccadilly
One of the earliest slopes known was a short indoor slope which used the first ‘Aquaderni matting’ from Italy. The shop closed in the 1990s and is now a Waterstones bookshop.
England, Northampton, Skew Bridge
According the Rushden Heritage, “The Ski Club was begun by Mr John Wills in 1952, after he had been extracting sand and gravel from land next to the skew bridge, on the Northampton Road. At first the club was for water skiing on a lake formed where the gravel extraction had been finished, but then he built a dry ski slope, at a cost of around £12,000 in 1965, where skiers could practice before taking their holidays in the snow.” The slope was around 90 metres ()300 feet) long. It had been removed before 2006.
England, Reading, Skiplex
One of three Skiplex centres that existed in the 2010s in England. Each with one or more conveyor slope.
England, Nottinghamshire, Cossall, Ski 2000
An unusual ski slope that operated in to the late 1990s which thousands of plastic balls on the slope aiming at creating a different artificial ski surface. The balls are reported to have gathered in to large drifts. Ironically, given its name, the site was up for redevelopment in 2000.
England, County Durham, Willington, Spectrum Ski Slope
The Spectrum ski slope was part of the Spectrum Leisure Centre which was developed in the 1970s as a development of the century-old local Miners Welfare. It had a 70 metre slope and many other leisure facilities. Thanks to community efforts the centre still exists but sadly the slope, which was officially opened by ski racing legend Franz Klammer in the early 1980s, closed in the late 1990s.
England, Wednesbury, Tebbutt’s
A small indoor ski slope owned and operated by Mr Sandy Tebbutt on High Bullen. The slope was 18m long with a Sorbo Ski and Curva surface. Advertisement left placed in 1974, slope reported operational still in 1987.
England, Watford Ski Centre
Watford ski slope was known to be active in the 1970s, at least to 1975, and was probably created in the late 1960s, but otherwise little is known of it. The 100 x 50m slope used a plastic surface known as Delta Ski, which was also used at Pendle dry slope. The centre was part of Watford Football Club and there was also a gold driving range. One former ski instructor there wrote in a blog “The slope itself wasn’t that long, two cricket pitches, the top part of which was the steeper bit and then flattening out near the bottom. Along the side there was a small ski lift consisting of handles attached to a rotating wire rope.” Here’s a video of the slope in action.
England, Somerset, Taunton, Wellington Sports Centre
A 50m Dendix slope that is known to have been in place in the late 1980s but was finally closed in February 2002 following repeated vandalism and theft of the ski lift. In 2003 parts of the slope were reported to have been integrated in to a new BMX track.
England, Tyne & Wear, Whickham Thorns Ski Centre
A dry ski slope that is believed to still be in place but out of action since at least 2016. Ownership of the centre switched from the local council top the local scouts at that point but the latter are yet to re-open the 40 metre slope.
England, West Cumbria, Whitehaven
A ski slope known to have existed in the early 1990s, but little else is known.
England, Whitley Bay
This short, steep slope was built in the early 1960s.
England, Wolverhampton Lea
A ski slope listed as existing in the early 1990s, but nothing else is known of.
England, Kidderminster, Wolverley High School Ski Slope
A 25m long Dendix slope intended for use by the school and other local schools. Known to have been open in 1987 and believed to have still been operational as recently as 2015.
England, Woolwich Ski Slope
One of London’s leading dry ski centres, the slope was located off Repository Road in London SE18. A 1987 report lists the surface type as delta and states there was a 115m x 15m main slope and a 35 x 45m nursery slope.
England, Wycombe Summit
Opened in 1984 as one of the closest centres to London and with one of Europe’s longest slopes at 300 metres. Ran in to debt early 2000s, hit by a fire and then chosen as site for indoors snow centre, which never happened. in 2016 a plan was announced for a housing development on the site but as of 2019 it remained derelict.
England, Somerset, Yeovil Ski Centre
Improvements to the slopes were made in 2003 as per picture but the centre closed “suddenly” in 2007. Base buildings were demolished in 2017 after reportedly becoming a base for drug users.
France, Arcachon, Créppins
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 ski jumping as a concrete springboard had been built. By 1947 the slope was famous in France and hosted the final competition of the calendar year of the French Ski Federation, bringing together skiers from all over France. In 1963 a cable lift was installed. However the slope closed in 1970 following an accident. A “Friends of the Ski Trail on Pine Needles at Arcachon” association was founded in 2006 and has campaigned to recreate and reopen the slope but so far without success.
France, Dieppe, Côte aux Hérons
One of the world’s first slopes with a plastic ‘comb’ surface opened in early 1967, at the time the longest in the world. In common with other early French dry slopes it was built near the coast, this time near Dieppe, backed by the owner of the local casinos. The opening ceremony was attended by the greatest French skiers of the day including Jean-Claude Killy as well as the Minister of Sports and the President of the French Ski Federation at the time. The slope material used is reported to have been seen by local man Jacques Sée in Turin the previous November 1966. The slope, descending the cliff of the Côte aux Hérons in front of the hotel du Golf was 175 metres long and varied between 30 and 80 metres wide. Lots of skiers suffer injuries and burns from the slope surface and it was “quickly abandoned” although 50 years later it is reported to still be there, now buried under gorse and scrub.
France, La Baule, Escoublac/Le Schuss
Another ski slope made of pine needles on sand opened in July 1959 in the forest of Escoublac, west of Nantes on the French Atlantic Coast 20 years after the first and some distance to the north. There was an 80 metre ski run supported by a ski lift and floodlighting for night skiing and boarding. A ski club was created and in 1966 the business was sold to the owners of the world famous French resort, Courchevel who re-named the centre “Le Schuss.” In 1975 the ski hut was destroyed by fire and the centre was not re-opened after that.
It appears that one and possibly several indoor ski slopes operated in Paris throughout the 1930s. Reports indicate opening in 1930 or 1931. The slope is believed to have been coconut matting with some chemical powder on top to make them more slippery. The slope (s) featured a small ski jump in run at the top. At least one slope was reported to be still operating by 1938.
One of the first indoor ski slopes operated for a period in 1927. It had simulated snow – made of a chemical mix including soda and sawdust, on top of straw matting. It operated for a fixed period in an exhibition hall from Easter weekend to late June 1927.
Hayahi no Mine
At an estimated 16,530 sqm the former ski area at Hayahi no Mine in Japan would have been one of the biggest in the world the 1990s and early years of this century. 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.
The Netherlands, Duinrell Ski Valley
A former dry ski slope at a holiday p[ark which also had snow making equipment so the snow could be made when temperatures were low enough.
The Netherlands, Ski Center Hillegom
A former indoor ski centre which operated two modern conveyor slopes from Alpine engineering. Unfortunately it was forced out of business in 2020 by the pandemic.
The Netherlands, Landgraaf
In 1979, the longest and first dry slope was built on the southern slope of the Wilhelminaberg. The slope was instigated by former top Austrian skier Sigi Moser. The site was later converted to one of the world’s biggest indoor snow centres, SnowWorld.
New Zealand, Queenstown, PowderPak Parks
Covering 600sqm and featuring a 25m slope with two 4m jumps and a 7m jump reported to have cost $500,000 NZ to set up and as marketed as, “the world’s largest indoor dry slope terrain park” this facility closed less than two months after it opened in 2017.
Northern Ireland, Belfast, Lisburn, Ulster Ski Club
A rare Irish dry slope that is believed to have closed in 1997 and the land it was on sold off. Records of the Ulster Ski Club between 1963 and 2007 have been archived and are held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The 36 x 12m Dendix slope was located on Belfast Road.
Northern Ireland, Belfast, Queens University PE Centre
A 20 metre slope that existed in the late 1980s but it’s unclear when it was installed or removed.
Scotland, Aviemore Centre
The Aviemore centre was a purpose-built resort development 10 miles below the Cairngorm ski centre, built in the 1960s and largely demolished in the late 1990s. It had one of a number of short Dendix slopes in the area. The slope was 40m x 16m in size and had various names over the years. It was known as the Drambuie slope in the late 1980s.
Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Ballater, Craigendarroch
The 75 metre long slope at Ballater was one of the many leisure facilities available at the originally Stakis now Hilton Hotel (many of the rest of which are still open). Originally built in the mid-1980s and run by Stakis the hotel was taken over by Hilton in the late 1990s. The ski slope is believed to have survived to the early years of this century.
Scotland, Glenrothes, Fife Institute of Physical and Recreational Education
Opened in 1970 by Princess Anne the Institute has been a major centre for sporting activity and learning in the area for half a century. There was a small 35 metre ski slope. The Institute had a £25m, redevelopment from 2011-13 when a new sports hall was created. In 2017, separately, plans for a new Glenrothes dry slope were mooted.
Scotland, Oban, Kilbowie Outdoor Centre
A dry slope at a popular oudoor activity centre, primarily for children. Dendix slope material or similar. The centre was reported to be under threat of closure in 2020 although a local councillor said he hoped if that happened the slope could be relocated. However demolition went ahead later that year.
Scotland, Perth & Kinross, Kinloch Rannock Ski Slope
Dry slope operated by an Outdoor Activities centre. The slope was reported to have been 70 metres long with a drag lift and flood lighting. Believed to have operated in to the early 2000s. The centre where it operated was earmarked for closure in 2019.
Scotland, East Lothian, Meadowmill
Built on land formerly used for coal mining, before the mine closed in 1962, this was a 50 metre long dry slope which may have operated in to the early years of this century as it is listed on a BBC web page list compiled in the late 1990s or early 2000s.
Singapore, Urban Ski
An indoor conveyor slope which operated between 2015 and 2017.
Slovakia, Bratislava, Big Air Jump
A short-lived summer-training facility for freestyle skiers and boarders that opened near capital Bratislava, in Slovakia, featured a ski jump style steep in run and ramp, using artificially surface ski slope material, with skiers and boarders landing on either a traditional Big air bag, or one of the more recently introduced big airbags that hug the slope below the jump allowing for a gentler landing at an angle more like that of the snow surface in winter, rather than a more sudden stop -albeit on a big bag of air. The facility used fast Slopetrax sliding mats from SkiTrax.
There were two jumps, the first had a 30 metre (100 feet) long descent up to the ramps with freestylers landing on a conventional Big Air bag, the other on to one of the long sloping airbags allowing for even the most difficult jumps.
“This kind of facilities allows for extreme jumps from the kicker with soft, slipping landing. This means that the risk of injury is very low, because the jumper lands on an airbag with a slope of about 25 degrees and continues to slide,” explained SkiTrax boss Wolfgang Schmidt.
Spain, Barcelona, Montjuic
Known for operating a ski lift to a summer tourist destination, Spain’s Montjuic did operate a dry ski slope in the latter years of the last century. More recently in November 2009 a ramp was built for a temporary slope for a demo using all weather snowmaking machines.
Spain, Valladolid, Meseta Ski Centre
A world-class ski centre with year-round terrain park which opened in 2006 using Snowflex. The slope is believed to have operated for nearly a decade.
Switzerland, Saas-Fee, Indoor Ski
The first artificial ski conveyor slope machine in Switzerland opened in the resort of Saas Fee in 2017. The slope’s gradient could be varied between 9 and 22 percent and its speed up to maximum 24 km / h. As of early 20-21 it appeared to have ceased trading.
Colorado, Denver, Kidslope
Opened in November 1990, KidSlope was the only year-round, artificial ski area designed to introduce children and their families to the sport of skiing. Over 50,000 children learned-to-ski at KidSlope and annual skier visits were approximately 20,000 at the peak of its popularity with over 10,000 Denver Public School (DPS) students ski at KidSlope each year. KidSlope was part of Denver Public School’s physical education curriculum.
USA, Georgia, Vinings Ridge
Situated near a natural spring, Vinings was once a popular weekend spot for Atlanta’s high society looking to escape the heat. For a brief period in the 1970s, the area gave visitors an additional reason to visit: a 780-foot (235 metre) long dry ski slope. The hill was covered with white synthetic turf and plastic pellets. Vinings Ridge Ski Area also featured a three-story lodge with a shop and rooftop restaurant.
USA, Massachusetts , Boston Hills
A conventional Eastern Massachusetts snow ski area that existed from the early 1960s to early 1990s offering skiing to the population of suburban Boston. In the early 1980’s the centre installed an imported Dendix mat with bristles which some users say was lubricated with a silicone gel.
USA, New York, Grand Central Terminal
A 65 feet ski slope was created in the late 1960s between the 5th and 3rd floors above Grand Central Terminal in New York State. It was part of a sports club with tennis courts, dance studio and spa facilities. It is believed to have survived in to the early 1970s.
USA, New York State, Buffalo, Ski-Dek
According to a detailed archived reports in Sports illustrated, the Ski-Dek, the fore-runner of hundreds of smaller conveyor slope machines was created in 1961 in a steel factory in New Jersey. A more recent look-back at what appeared in Buffalo in 1962 by Steve Cichon repoorts that “Ski-Dek featured nine slopes with room for 144 skiers every hour. The 1962 cost for a session was $1.50 – about $13 in 2020 money.” That’s bigger than any subsequent conveyor-slope centre. The centre’s creators had high hopes of 1,000 franchisees within a few years – it didn’t quite work out like that but still the idea is going strong around the world six decades later.
USA, Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg
Established in 1962 and one of the most southerly ski areas in North America, Ober Gatlinburg relies on snowmaking for winter cover and also operated a carpet surface type dry slope for a period last century.
Wales, Colwyn Bay, Erlias Park Sports Centre
Believed to be one of the first users of Welsh made Dendix when it opened in 1962 (Dendix had gone in to production a year earlier). This slope is believed to have operated in to the 1970s.
Wales, Capel Curig, Plas-y-Brenin National Outdoor Centre
One of many ski slopes that was not closed without a fight. Young skiers staged a sit-in at the centre in 2012 when it was threatened with closure, but to no avail. The centre’s management said £600,000 was needed top upgrade it and that the money wasn’t available. Others disputed the money required but no solution was found.
Wales, Mid-Glamorgan, Ogmore Residential Centre
A 27.5m x 27.5m square slope for children attending this residential centre existed in the late 1980s. It is unclear when the slope was installed or removed by the centre closed in 2009.
Wales, Gwent, Deeside Ski Slope
Little is known of this slope but it is believed to have been located at the Flintshire College of Technology and to have been operational in the 1970s. Skiers had a view of the (now demolished) Connahs Quay power station and cooling towers.
Wales, Llanllonwell, Gwent Grass ski Centre
Although grass-skiing is technically possible on almost any slope, in reality you need to acquire the grass skis, ideally have some training in how to use them, and the permission of the slope owner. This was all provided around the 1980s-1990s at Gwent Grass Ski Centre.
Wales, Gwynedd, Rhiw Goch Ski and Mountain Bike Centre
Dry ski slope operated from 1988 to 2004 with the owner saying soaring liability insurance costs and declining visitor numbers made it no longer viable. The overall centre closed in 2009. The ski area consisted of a long wide main run with two nursery slopes all laid with Dendix matting and are fully floodlit. The main run and first nursery area are serviced with two tows, the main run had a Briton Mist System to irrigate the slope.
Wales, Swansea Ski Slope
Opened in 1989, making it one of the UK’s later slopes, but closed around 2007, Swansea was one of Wales’ leading dry slopes. It had a slope of about 125m in length.