Laax ski area in Switzerland will be the future location for Europe’s first indoor freestyle training centre.
The leading Swiss freestyle resort has announced plans for the facility, which it says will be the world’s second such facility, following Woodward at Copper in Colorado. Woodward uses Snowflex artificial surface slopes among its facilities for year-round training in freestyle technique.
But that’s all the details we’re going to get for now. The resort says more information won’t be released until later this year.
Skier Kelly Armintrout has been randomly picked as the winner of an all inclusive week-long summer ski camp at Woodward at Copper.
Woodward at Copper, deep in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, is the first indoor/outdoor ski and snowboard camp on the planet with a focus on terrain park and pipe progression.
The 20,000 sq ft Woodward at Copper Barn gives campers access to Snowflex® jumps, foam pits, a spring floor, fly-bed trampolines and indoor skateboard features.
Facebook contest winner Armintrout has decided to come during session #6, July 18 – 24, which is also K2 Ski and Snowboard week with Andy Mahre, JT Holmes, Seth Morrison, Celia Miller, and Gretchen Bleiler.
The Midlothian artificial ski slope in Scotland will remain open for the time being despite suffering huge annual losses.
The ski surface at Hillend near Edinburgh is currently losing £500,000 (€580,000) a year.
A new report given to the local council which runs the centre has suggested Midlothian Ski Centre stay open until August, during which time cuts in spending and increased fees should reduces losses, and at the end of that the centre is sold or leased to a private operator.
An artists' rendering of the SnowVolution rotating disk slope
Some new designs coming from British and Italian companies could mean a future with no ski lift lines and endless ski runs 12 months a year.
The British SnowVolution machine is a snow covered rotating planar disc up to 300 metres (985ft) in diameter, inclined at 25 degrees, divided into four to six concentric rings each 15-30 metres (50-100ft) wide.
The rings rotate independently in either direction at tangential speeds of up to 15 metres/per second. Adjacent rings rotate in the same direction, and with a separating static or stationary ring, the remaining rings rotate in the opposite direction. Skiers and snowboarders are spread across the whole width of the disc giving high levels of utilisation.
One of the iconic images of Vancouver’s Olympics was the lone snowboarder making a spectacular jump through the Olympic rings at the start of the opening ceremonies.
But few know that it was Toronto snowboarder Johnny Lyall making this unforgettable entrance into the Stadium, and that it was made on a SnowFlex artificial slope. If the world is a stage, then Snowflex was cast in a prominent supporting role on the biggest stage and in front of one of the largest audiences in the world, and so was Lyall.