Kraig Becker writes about a ski resort in the town of Bålsta in Sweden that will bring year round skiing to enthusiasts who aren’t satisfied with only the winter months for carving tracks in the powder. How are they going to do that? They’re going to put a roof over it:
Swedish architects at the firm of CF Moller have unveiled plans for a massive indoor ski resort which, when built, will be the largest in the world. Dubbed Skipark 360˚, the new resort would ensure plenty of powder, even in the worst of winters, and could enable year-round fun on the slopes.
Thanks to its main slope, which is 2300 feet in length and has a drop of 515 feet, Skipark 360° will be the only indoor ski resort capable of hosting a World Cup event. That means skiers and snowboarders will have an impressive slope to shred 365 days of the year. The perpetual winter fun doesn’t end there however, as the resort will also feature more than two miles of cross country ski tunnels, a biathlon arena, ice hockey rink, and a separate rink for figure skating. Visitors will also find a hotel, spa, multiple restaurants and shops, and even a conference center. In short, everything they need in one self contained environment.
Skipark 360˚ isn’t the only place with plans to bring skiing indoors. They will be joined other luxurious indoor ski resorts in Dubai, Auckland, Milten Keynes, Wittenburg and Landgraaf in a few short years.
Nothing beats outdoor skiing and boarding in winter, but if you don’t have the budget to fly to the opposite hemisphere during the summer months, innovation, technology and the indomitable spirit of those who have powder running through their veins have made year-round skiing possible. Awesome.