Major events in the evolution of dry ski slopes.
1945 Slovenian Peter Florjančič invents the ‘skiers treadmill’ whilst living in Davos.
1962 SkiDek Corp patent moving belt dry ski slope (already in use in 1961, above).
1963 First permanent UK dry slope opens in Torquay.
1965 200m slope, Longest Yet, opens at Hillend, Scotland
1968 A ski slope opens between the 3rd & 5th floors of Grand Central Station, New York
1979 A 500 metre long dry slope opens at Landgraaf, NL
1988 Sheffield opens Europe’s new largest dry ski centre.
1995 Alpine Engineering, today the world’s largest manufacturer of ski treadmill conveyor belt ski slopes established in The Netherlands.
1999 Neveplast begin trading.
2016 Kagura, Japan, builds world’s longest slope to date at 1.1km
2018 Europe’s Longest Slope opens at Kopaonik, Serbia