Proposed ski centres that will hopefully open in the near future.
Australia Queensland, Ski Jump Brisbane
Queensland will be home to the southern hemisphere’s first year-round freestyle ski-jumping facility to be built at the Sleeman Sports Complex at Chandler. The $6.5 million International Freestyle Skiing Training Facility is a collaboration between the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) the Federal Government through Sport Australia, the Queensland Government and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). British company Briton Engineering have supplied 410 sqm of Snowflex for this worlds class facility.
Belgium, Genk, Kattevennen
A major €3m re-make of a former dry slope that once occupied the site but closed more than five years ago, the new facility is aimed at all abilities but top athletes will be able to train to Winter Olympic level there, the company behind it believes. Along with the ski slopes there will be terrain features including jumps and an airbag, the latter designed so that freestyle BMXers can also use it. Snowboarders will be able to launch from a 40 metre long ramp, with a 30 ° pitch, at a height of 35 metres. The ‘kicker’ on the jump will be adjustable so that every ‘Big Air jump’ in the world can be simulated. The big air cushion for landing will have a huge surface area of 1300 square metres. There will also be a practice slope 20 metres high, seven metres wide and 40 metres long. The complex should be complete by the end of this year.
(Many artificial surface slopes are believed to be under construction in China)
China, Crystal Palace Beluga
A theme park, predominantly a water park with aquariums, but also a dry ski slope in the plans. Construction is believed to have commenced in 2018.
China, World Trade Centre
Plans for a new World trade centre complex laid out in 2018 include a dry ski slope in the roof.
Wufengxi Park, Chengdu
Briton Engineering Developments has announce the first major Snowflex® slope to be built in Sichuan Province, China in Wufengxi Park, Chengdu. Wufengxi Park is a new mixed outdoor sports and tourism project being developed by Shanghai Xueyu Sports Management on behalf of Chengdu Culture Tourism Wufengxi Investment Management.
The new snowsports area will consist of a main and nursery Snowflex® slope and is designed to cater for all skill levels from “nervous novices” through to “extreme experts”. It is envisaged that the Snowflex® slope will hold regular freestyle events to further promote snowsports in China. The Snowflex® beginner’s area will also be designed to accommodate tubing. Construction is due for completion in December 2019.
England, Sheffield Ski Village II
On the site of the former Sheffield Ski Village which was destroyed by arsonists in 2012 a new complex is planned. Besides ski slopes the proposals including new mountain bike trails and a dual slalom, which have the ability to attract around 10,000 visits a year, but with potential for much more, the centre’s backers claim.
France, La Quillane, Banger Park
Following the success of the first BangerPark in Austria, a second will open in the French Pyrenees. The concept is for a downhill dry ski slope inrun ramp to launch freestylers above a giant airbag that hugs the slope below for a safe landing.
Georgia, Bakuriani, Dux
A new apartment complex will feature year-round skiing on its sloping roof as well as two ski machines indoors as well as two ski machines indoors. The Dux Development’s roof will offer year-round skiing on a 102 metre long slope that continues down the upper six floors to end two floors above ground level in the eight storey development. A climbing wall is also planned for the side of the building.
USA, California, Urban Snow
In 2018 a crowdfunding campaign saw more than 200 people pledge the £20,000 start up finance needed for Urban Snow, an indoor dry ski and snowboard center and fitness facility coming to the Bay Area. Users will be able to drop in in the evenings, at lunch, on the weekends, anytime that works for you. We’ll make skiing and snowboarding as convenient and affordable as going to the gym. We’re going to create the ski gym.
USA, Colorado, Castle Rock, Snowsports 365
The ski slope project, reported to have been conceived around 2013 and first announced in late 2017, is at the heart of a $300 million 65-acre redevelopment in the fast growing community of Castle Rock, population 70,000. Snowsports 365, a year-round snow sport complex would have a Snowflex slope and be able to accommodate up to 400 skiers an hour. It would also house a 300-room full-service hotel and a conference centre. There are many other development projects currently underway or planned in or around Castle Rock.
This new multimillion-pound adventure resort is earmarked for 130 hectares of former forestry plantation land on the southern slopes of the River Afan Valley. It will offer a range of outdoor sports including white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking and “the world’s largest artificial downhill ski slope.” The Resort’s preview website says that the ski facilities will include black, red and blue runs – the latter a meandering tree-lined course served by drag and chair lifts. There will also be, “…slalom courses, tubing, moguls, ski-school, kindergarten and toboggan runs for youngsters.” The holiday resort would feature some 600 lodges and flats, a hotel, spa and restaurants and aims to open in 2021.