Major events in the evolution of dry ski slopes.
1927 Berlin and
Vienna’s Schneepalasts offer fake ‘snow’ on matting (above).
1930 An indoor dry slope with coconut matting base and chemical mixture snow opens in Paris. (above)
1937 German skier Heinz Ermel patents a ski slope conveyor machine (above), but it does not appear to have ever been built.
In November 1937 Ermel opened what’s believed to be the first permanent indoor dry ski slope, at Charlottenburg in Berlin, described as having a brush matting slope with a pitch of up to 42 degrees! The building was destroyed in 1942 by wartime bombing.
The Créppins slope at Arcachon on the shores of the Bay of Biscay.
1945 Slovenian Peter Florjančič invents the first working ‘skiers treadmill’ (above) whilst living in Davos, Switzerland.
One of Mr Neurauter’s classes
Skiing Mount Beacon, New York State, Summer 1956 1956 An artificial ski slope surface mat is
patented by Jacques Brunel (above) – unclear if it is ever manufactured.
1959 Pietro Aquaderni of Bologna
patents dry slope mat that is first to go in to production.
1962 SkiDek Corp patent moving belt dry ski slope (already in use in 1961, above).
Torquay Ski Slope in 1960s 1963 First permanent UK dry slope opens in Torquay (above).
Zondal ski slope 1964-2017 1965 200m slope, Longest Yet, opens at
1968 A ski slope opens between the 3rd & 5th floors of Grand Central Station, New York
Il Primo Ski club’s slope in the Netherlands 1979 A 500 metre long dry slope opens at Landgraaf, NL
Landgraaf 1979 1988 Sheffield opens Europe’s new largest dry ski centre.
Alpine Engineering, today the world’s largest manufacturer of ski treadmill conveyor belt ski slopes established in The Netherlands. 1999 Neveplast begin trading.
Alpine disk slope of ‘ADS’ revolves horizontally as skiers descend ‘forever’
Kagura, Japan 2016 Kagura, Japan, builds world’s longest slope to date at 1.1km
Kopaonik, Serbia 2018 Europe’s Longest Slope opens at Kopaonik, Serbia