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World's largest indoor ski park planned for Denmark

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December 16, 2012

The snowflake design will house six indoor and two outdoor slopes in its three intersectin...

The snowflake design will house six indoor and two outdoor slopes in its three intersecting arches (Photo: CEBRA)

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Innovative Danish architecture firm CEBRA is working in collaboration with the travel company Danski on an alpine style ski dome to be situated in the city of Randers, Denmark. The ski park will provide over 3 km (1.86 miles) of indoor and outdoor slopes as well as a freestyle park, hotel, restaurant and all the modern facilities you would expect in a modern ski resort.

CEBRA has designed the ski dome based upon a six point snowflake and if built it will be the largest indoor ski park in the world at 100,000 square meters (1,076,000 sq.ft) in total, with 70,000 square meters (753,473 sq.ft) of skiing, taking over from SkiDubai with its current 22,500 square meter (242,187 sq.ft) indoor ski facility.

The snowflake will house six indoor and two outdoor slopes in its three intersecting arches, as well as spanning 700 meters (2297 ft) and rising 110 meters (361 ft) above the ground across the river Gudenå in Denmark’s sixth largest city. Each piste operates its own chair lift and an elevator is proposed for access between the arches and their slopes, color graded in the usual manner from beginner to experienced.

Skiers will experience real snow on 3 km (1.86 miles) of indoor and outdoor slopes whilst ...

Whilst navigating the snow slopes, which are inspired by the resort of Alpe d’Huez in France, skiers will be able to view the surrounding scenery of the region through the perforated façade. One snowflake arch accommodates the black ski runs on its roof for all-year-round outdoor skiing while the other roofs house facilities are for skateboarding, BMX-ing and a landscaped park.

CEBRA's Mikkel Frost runs us through the proposed design in the Skidome Denmark video below (click the "Captions" button for English subtitles).

Sources: Skidome Denmark, CEBRA

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Donna Taylor After years of working in software delivery, Donna seized the opportunity to head back to university and this time study a lifelong passion: Architecture. Originally from the U.K. and after living in many countries, Donna and her family are now settled in Western Australia. When not writing Donna can be found at the University of Western Australia's Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts Department.   All articles by Donna Taylor
7 Comments

While I didn't understand a word of that video, it does look pretty damn cool.

Derek Howe
16th December, 2012 @ 07:48 pm PST

Press cc to get english subtitles, he mentions the features of the skiing facilities with hotel and shopping mall, second level skating ramps and thirds level outdoor park bridge with ability to ski when it snows outside

Aurin Ræder
17th December, 2012 @ 01:40 am PST

They would have a captive audience if they built it around a small mall-then had shopping and dining exposed to the slopes and a warm ride to the top!

ZekeG
17th December, 2012 @ 07:12 am PST

nearly correct. the biggest will be the artificial mountain with a heigth of 1000m, which is planned in the netherlands. see www.diebergkomter.nl. Sorry only Dutch language but google tanslate can help.

Rob Bronckers
18th December, 2012 @ 08:57 am PST

Fail on financial viability - it'd never repay the capital to build the thing. Shame though, as it's a cool concept.

JPAR
18th December, 2012 @ 09:16 am PST

Looks pretty good if you want to Ski in summer!!! a little bigger than Aucklands Snow Planet

Maarten Bangma
18th December, 2012 @ 02:17 pm PST

i like it!

billybob1851
18th December, 2012 @ 03:52 pm PST
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