World’s largest indoor ski centre planned for Jutland
The world’s largest indoor ski park may be coming to Denmark, according to online innovation magazine Gizmag.
Danish architecture firm CEBRA is working in collaboration with travel company DanSki to design Skidome Denmark, an indoor ski park that will be near the city of Randers in Jutland.
If built, the park would measure 100,000 square metres in total and offer 70,000 square metres of skiing, accommodating up to 3,000 skiers and snowboarders at any one time.
Skidome Denmark would take the world record for the largest indoor ski facility from SkiDubai, which holds the current record thanks to its 22,500 square metres of skiing facilities.
“The ski park will provide over 3km of indoor and outdoor slopes as well as a freestyle park,” Gizmag reported.
The dome is designed in the shape of a six-point snowflake, with three overlapping arches that contain the slopes. Measuring 700 metres in diameter and 110 metres high, the snowflake would stretch over Denmark’s longest river, the Gudenå.
Six indoor runs would be available − with two runs each for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers − all year round.
“Indoor temperatures would be maintained at a constant -1 C,” winter sports website PlanetSKI reports.
Two outdoor runs − for advanced skiers only − would also be open on the dome’s roof during winter, while other roofs are expected to host skateboarding and BMX parks during the warmer months.
In addition to alpine runs, the centre would offer other facilities including a hotel, restaurant, shops, as well as changing and bathing facilities.
While CEBRA has released the elaborate design details of the park, no actual plans to begin construction, or funding details, have been announced.
If the plans don't come to fruition, it won't be the first time that an ambitious skiing project has been proposed and then rapidly shelved. A rather bizarre plan to build a ski slope on the top of the Amagerforbraending trash incinerator in Amager was scrapped in December 2011 less than a year after being announced.