Green Technology that Powers Indoor Ski Slopes

Snow Making Systems

People living in the cities see what the countryside is like, people living in the tropics experience winter for the first time. It is not surprising perhaps that there is a demand by some to replicate what has been experienced abroad, back home where they live – giving rise to artificial landscapes such as indoor ski slopes, where even people in the hot deserts can enjoy the cool air and ski. Contentious in nature, ski slopes like under artificial landscapes require powerful cooling and snow-making systems and therefore constantly flanked for their energy consumption. But how much energy do indoor ski slopes really consume? Contrary to popular belief, ski slopes can be energy efficient and once planned well with proper insulated walls in the compound, can translate to both significant environmental and financial cost savings.

Efficient Snow Making Systems

Snow making for ski slopes is a complicated procedure which converts water into snow through the use of air-water snow guns. With advances in technology, modern snow guns being tested in market now have shown to be able to save compressed air energy by up to 50%, helping companies to cut energy output and cost significantly upon investing in new technology.

Snow Making Systems

Efficient Cooling Systems

With science advancements, Ammonia has been discovered to have natural refrigerant properties and have started to be used more and more in cooling systems. One main advantage of using ammonia is that not only is it safe for the environment compared to Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) which were used in the past, it also is 10% more efficient a refrigerant than CFCs and HCFCs. Ammonia is also significantly less expensive than both CFCs and HCFCs, allowing owners of ski slopes to add cost savings as an added incentive to make the switch.

 

On-Site Renewable Energy

The ski industry has faced increased scrutiny across the years for the energy consumption and has led the pack in investment in alternative sources of energy for their operation needs. Some sources like wind, solar or hydroelectric power can be harnessed on the same plot of land as these ski slopes and used to power day-to-day activities such as the onsite cafés, lighting and payment systems.

In summary, indoor ski slopes now do have available technological options to ensure that the systems and infrastructure they put in place are energy and cost efficient. Technological upgrades across the years are inevitable and might be expensive at first, will go on benefit the company in the future.

Overview of Technologies and Equipment for the Construction of Indoor Ski Slopes

Indoor ski slopes

Indoor ski slopes are great places to learn skiing for beginners stress free and weather free and for others to improve techniques and train. Kids can have amazing fun, skills development and activity with assured safety for the parents. Over the years many different types of ski slopes have been manufactured. Let’s have an overview of the technologies and equipment for the construction of indoor ski slopes.

Technologies

Almost everything that you find on a snow-covered slope of a mountain now can be created in an artificial environment. Thanks to the recent development in the materials used for the creation of these indoor ski slopes. Now we can ski all round the year, plus organize competitions to give chance to new athletes show their talent and discover new skiers that compete in international games.

Dry Indoor Ski Slope:

The revolving indoor ski slope has a revolving astroturf surface belt that is placed at an inclined height. The belt moves in the upward direction creating friction between the skier’s board and the ski surface. The ski surface is made of ski grass for real snow experience.

Indoor ski slopes

The ski slopes come with adjustable beam in front of the slopes to help newbies balance on the ski grass. Full height sports mirror are placed in front of the slopes to help you make real time self correction. And your ski descent can be adjusted to be on perfect slope difficulty.

Real Snow Indoor Ski Slope:

Mostly found in the UK, rea snow indoor ski slopes are gaining popularity. The temperature of the indoors is kept at -1 to -5 celsius which is optimum for the snow. The snow is produced by a snow cannons or guns.

Unlike the dry ski slopes, whenever you are in one of the real snow slopes it is important to keep warm. All kinds of equipments like ski pants, shoes, helmet, ski jackets can be rented in these facilities but you can also carry you own.

Examples:

  • SkiPark 360 – This indoor ski slope is located in Stockholm, Sweden. It is one of the most energy efficient Ski parks on the world and when completed will be powered by solar, wind, air and heat of the earth. The ski park has a hockey rink, skating ring and shooting ranges.  
  • Dubai Ski Resort – Not everyone has access to the mountains. That is the case with people in Dubai, but this resort has made it possible for people to ski in the desert. It is the longest indoor skiing resort using real snow technology. The snow created feels and tastes just like Alpine snow.

Almost anyone enthusiastic about skiing or snowboarding can try on of these ski facilities. But if you are a newbie contact with the staff in the facility and ask for proper guidance and instructions before you are on your own. All indoor ski slopes have trained and friendly staff that are willing to help and give proper train in groups or individually.

Indoor Ski Slopes Around the World

Since the beginning of travel, we have been introduced to new experiences which are not available in our home countries, yet we find a way to do them anyway. In 1927, the first indoor ski slope was built in Austria. Named Schneelast, or ‘Snow Palace’ in German, the scaffolding was rudimentary in its construction and the ‘snow’ was made out of soda to replicate the soft and slippery texture of real snow. Fast forward a few decades, we now have almost 50 indoor ski slopes in the world, with more in the pipeline!

With so many ski resorts in the world, how does one choose where to go when you have an itch to ski but it is in the middle of summer? Of these ski resorts, perhaps the most widely acclaimed and visited indoor ski slopes would be Ski Dubai, Harbin Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort and AlpinCenter

  • Ski Resort in the Desert

Dubai – a country known for its desert quad biking, camel rides and dune surfing is also home one of the biggest indoor ski resort in the world. Boasting 5 different slopes which includes a run of 400m, the ski resort is also connected with the Mall of Emirates for increased convenience. Ambient temperature at the slopes is consistent at -1 to -2 degrees Celsius even as temperatures outside is a sweltering 45 degrees. Opening in 2005, the ski resort was well-received all around.

Since the beginning of travel, we have been introduced to new experiences which are not available in our home countries, yet we find a way to do them anyway. In 1927, the first indoor ski slope was built in Austria. Named Schneelast, or ‘Snow Palace’ in German, the scaffolding was rudimentary in its construction and the ‘snow’ was made out of soda to replicate the soft and slippery texture of real snow. Fast forward a few decades, we now have almost 50 indoor ski slopes in the world, with more in the pipeline!   With so many ski resorts in the world, how does one choose where to go when you have an itch to ski but it is in the middle of summer? Of these ski resorts, perhaps the most widely acclaimed and visited indoor ski slopes would be Ski Dubai, Harbin Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort and AlpinCenter  Ski Resort in the Desert  Dubai – a country known for its desert quad biking, camel rides and dune surfing is also home one of the biggest indoor ski resort in the world. Boasting 5 different slopes which includes a run of 400m, the ski resort is also connected with the Mall of Emirates for increased convenience. Ambient temperature at the slopes is consistent at -1 to -2 degrees Celsius even as temperatures outside is a sweltering 45 degrees. Opening in 2005, the ski resort was well-received all around.   The Biggest Ski Resort in the World  Built on 80,000 square meters of land, the Harbin Indoor Ski Resort opened in 2017 with 6 different runs. Located in China, Harbin experiences actual winter for almost half the year, with temperatures going down as low as -36 degrees. Even with mountain ski slopes present in Harbin, owners Wanda Group chose to proceed with this development to provide a ski experience in close proximity to the city, complete with entertainment and retail spots around as they were confident in providing an experience able to compete with the outdoors.   The Longest Ski Run in the World  The AlpinCenter in Bottrop, Germany boasts the longest ski run at 640m. Opened in January 2001 after a rapid 5 month construction, the AlpinCenter boasts more than just a ski slope. Having an indoor skydiving and paintball area, it ensures that there is something for everything in the facility.   With each indoor ski resort having a plethora of activities to offer and accessible near cities, ski is now an activity accessible all 4 seasons of the year. Even better for those who live in tropical places as they no longer need to travel far for their next ski adventure!

  • The Biggest Ski Resort in the World

Built on 80,000 square meters of land, the Harbin Indoor Ski Resort opened in 2017 with 6 different runs. Located in China, Harbin experiences actual winter for almost half the year, with temperatures going down as low as -36 degrees. Even with mountain ski slopes present in Harbin, owners Wanda Group chose to proceed with this development to provide a ski experience in close proximity to the city, complete with entertainment and retail spots around as they were confident in providing an experience able to compete with the outdoors.

  • The Longest Ski Run in the World

The AlpinCenter in Bottrop, Germany boasts the longest ski run at 640m. Opened in January 2001 after a rapid 5 month construction, the AlpinCenter boasts more than just a ski slope. Having an indoor skydiving and paintball area, it ensures that there is something for everything in the facility.

With each indoor ski resort having a plethora of activities to offer and accessible near cities, ski is now an activity accessible all 4 seasons of the year. Even better for those who live in tropical places as they no longer need to travel far for their next ski adventure!