TECHKNOW: Things to come ... Endless ski-ing

TECHKNOW: Things to come ... Endless ski-ing - The trouble with ski slopes is that they run out. Snowdonia Gateway, a firm based near Snowdonia National Park in Wales, hopes to put an end to this with a ski slope where the fun never stops.

by JAMES WOUDHUYSEN, James@Woudhuysen.com
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The trouble with ski slopes is that they run out. Snowdonia Gateway, a firm based near Snowdonia National Park in Wales, hopes to put an end to this with a ski slope where the fun never stops.

Taking a lead from the Eden Project and with a pounds 100,000 PwC feasibility study in its pocket, SG plans to transform a disused slate quarry near Llanberis with a huge dome housing a continuous artificial ski slope.

Think of a giant metal turntable spun by electro-magnetic levitation, inclined as if on the side of hill. Over the downward-moving part, blow snow with snow guns. On the up-side, ski.

The planned slope is 300m long, but with snow hitting skiers at 25km/hr, will feel a lot longer. The concept's inventor Kevin Feriss plans a similar slope near Sydney.

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