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The 5 Best Indoor Ski Slopes in the World

Ski Dubai By Frank Seiplax (Own work) via Wikimedia CommonsFrank Seiplax (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons Frank Seiplax (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

The 5 Best Indoor Ski Slopes in the World

story by: Jo Wedlock

If you are still under the impression that skiing is a sport reserved for the middle of winter up a mountain in a far flung country or region, then you haven’t joined the growing craze of indoor snow domes.  Once upon a time an indoor ski area was a small strip of fake plastic that you used special ‘skis’ to get from one end of a small hillock to another – nowadays an indoor ski slope is as close to the ‘real deal’ as it gets.  ‘Real snow’, made with a snowmaker in the same way they do up the mountains, and large ski runs which include full lift facilities means you can ski anytime of the year.

We have one of the best snow domes in the world right here in New Zealand with Snowplanet in Silverdale, just 20 minutes north of Auckland.  However if you are heading overseas and want to take in a spot of skiing but it’s the wrong time of the year, or you don’t have the time to get to the far flung mountains, then check out these snow domes listed below.

Ski Dubai – Dubai
Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world! This amazing snow facility, which must be seen to be believed, opened in 2005 and consists of an 85-meter-high indoor mountain with five different slopes. Ski Dubai‘s longest ski slope run is 400m. Next to the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre play area for everything from toboggan runs and giant snowballs to playful penguins; it even has an ice cave.

SnowWorld – Landgraaf, Netherlands
Landgraaf, Netherlands is home to the world's largest indoor ski area, SnowWorld. It was opened 2001 and has a total of 35,000 square metres of snow. In 2003 it played host to the world’s first indoor FIS snowboard World Cup.

AlpinCenter –  Bottrop, Germany
If you want to find the world's longest indoor slope then head to Bottrop, Germany.  Showcasing the usual German precision and efficiency and with a 640 metre ski slope, the AlpinCenter is one of my favourites!

AlpinCenter HamburgWittenburg –  Wittenburg, Germany
Skiing down a 31 percent grade might not be most people’s idea of fun, but AlpinCenter Hamburg-Wittenburg in Wittenburg, Germany boasts the world’s first indoor black diamond run. This, as well as a luxury hotel, restaurant area and the best snow-making technology you can find, makes AlpinCenter Hamburg-Wittenburg perfect for everything from professional competitions to fun family ski holidays.

Snow Factor – Glasgow, Scotland
The biggest indoor slope in the UK is Snow Factor in Braehead, Glasgow, Scotland.  It’s much smaller than the German slopes, but if you are in the UK you may want to check it out. It features a 200m long main slope, with a 50m x 50m dedicated teaching slope.

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Main Image: By Frank Seiplax (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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