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!