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Artificial Ski & Snow Facilities – the Latest

Global directory of man-made snow, ski, and skating facilities both indoor and outdoor
Artificial ski and snow facilities are a common recreation amenity around the world.

Artificial ski and snow facilities includes ice skating, now operate on most continents around the world.   These man-made venues have become increasingly popular as recreational options and are a fun way to provide a gathering place for a community or region.   Of interest is the fact that such facilities are far more prevalent around the world than in the U.S.

 

Apart from having the necessary capital (funding) and engineering expertise required to develop these facilities, the industry has been propelled by various companies that offer artificial surface options for skating and skiing, as well as artificial snow compounds.  Snowflex® is one example of an artificial snow surface, while Glice® is an option for a man-made ice skating surface.   There are other options.

 

One of the most recent facilities to open is Snø Ski Center (Oslo, Norway), which opened earlier this year (2020).   Also in 2020, in China, Xiangjiang Joy City Snow World (Hunan province) and Chengdu Sunac Snow World at Binjiang Dujiangyan New District (Chengu, Sichuan province) have also opened.

 

In the U.S., Liberty University was among the first hosts of an artificial downhill ski venue, with the development of their Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre (opened 2009).   In Canada, an upcoming man-made downhill ski and skating facility is integrated in the design of Water City Niagara Falls, a Cocov Destinations’ project.  With American Dream Mall now open in New York featuring an indoor downhill ski venue and another possible coming at American Dream Mall in Miami, we expect to see many more artificial ski and snow facilities in the U.S.   In Miami, the Boca Developers attempted to create Ski Miami as part of an “extreme sports and adventure park-oriented retail mall” many years ago but were not successful.

 

Artificial downhill ski and snow tubing slope

A view of the downhill ski and snowtubing slope planned for Water City Niagara Falls

 

The history of artificial ski and snow facilities  began with the Glaciarium Skating Rink in Chelsea, London.  Glaciarium pioneered the first mechanically-refrigerated ice skating rink.  In 1928, Schneepalast (Vienna, Austria) saw the first artificial snow made from soda.  We include some of these interesting places from the past, in our directory of artificial ski and snow facilities.

FacilitySurfaceOpenedRegion
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre
Garthdee, Scotland
Outdoor, Snowflex®1967UK
Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre
Cardiff, Wales
Outdoor1969UK
Dan-yr-Ogof Ski Slope
West Glamorgan, Wales
OutdoorUK
LLandudno Snowsports Centre
Wales
Outdoor1986UK
Llangrannog Snowsports Centre
West Wales, UK
Outdoor, Playgrass Freestyle Slope1989UK
Pembrey Ski Slope
Dyfed, Wales, UK
Outdoor1988UK
Pontypool Ski Slope at Pontypool Park
South Wales, UK
Outdoor1975UK
Ski Rossendale
Lancashire, England
Outdoor, Snowflex®UK
The Glaciarium Skating Rink
Chelsea, London
Indoor, the first mechanically refrigerated rink 1876UK
The Snow Centre
Hemel Hempstead, England
Indoor2009UK
Xscape
Castleford, Yorkshire, England
Indoor, Snowflex®2003UK
Snowland
Brazil
2013South America
BIGAIR Fukuoka
Fukuoka, Japan
Indoor, shuttered in 20092000Pacific Rim
International Arctic Centre
Christchurch, New Zealand
Experiential attraction1992Pacific Rim
iSkate Park at Power Kart Raceway
Griffith, Australia
Indoor, Glice® surface2018Pacific Rim
JF Ski Centre
Foshan, China
Outdoor2017Pacific Rim
Kobukuru
Niigata prefecture, Japan
Outdoor2016Pacific Rim
Mount Thebarton
Adelaide, Australia
Indoor, shuttered in 2005.1987Pacific Rim
Neveplast Tubby Slides at Ho May Amusement Park
Vietnam
Outdoor2018Pacific Rim
Qiaobo Ice and Snow World at Tsinghua University
Beijing, China
Indoor2005Pacific Rim
Running River Extreme Sports Park
Beijing, China
OutdoorPacific Rim
Sayama Ski & Snowboard
Saitama, Japan
Indoor1959Pacific Rim
Ski365 at Zpell Mall
Bangkok, Thailand
Indoor, conveyor system2015Pacific Rim
Skiing Alps Ice and Snow World
Window of the World
Shenzhen, China
Indoor, real snow2000Pacific Rim
Snova Hashima
Japan
Indoor1998Pacific Rim
Snow City
Singapore
Indoor2000Pacific Rim
SnoWalk
Malaysia
Indoor2011Pacific Rim
Snowland at Megamall
Penang, Malaysia
Indoor, shuttered in 20101996Pacific Rim
SnowPlanet
Silverdale (Auckland area), New Zealand
Indoor2005Pacific Rim
Swan Castle Ski Resort
Wencheng, China
Indoor2015Pacific Rim
Tiger World
Bucheon, South Korea
Indoor2007Pacific Rim
Urban Ski Millenia Walk
Singapore
Indoor, conveyor system2015Pacific Rim
VertiKal Indoor Snow Sports
Canberra, Australia
Indoor2018Pacific Rim
Wintastar Shanghai
KOP Limited
Pudong area, Shanghai, China
Indoor2022 ePacific Rim
Woongjin Playdoci Indoor Ski Resort
Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Indoor2009Pacific Rim
Xiangjiang Joy City Snow World
Hunan province, China
Indoor, rooftop; snow playground, skiing, skating, and more.2020Pacific Rim
American Dream Miami
Triple Five Worldwide
Miami, Florida
Indoor2025 eNorth America
Big Snow at American Dream Mall
Triple Five Worldwide
East Rutherford, New Jersey
www.bigsnowamericandream.com
Indoor, real snow2019North America
Buck Hill
Burnsville (Minneapolis area), Minnesota
Outdoor, Neveplast2016North America
Chicago Snow Studios
Illinois
Indoor, conveyor system2013North America
Hale Scout
Oklahoma
Outdoor, Neveplast replaced older surface2018North America
Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre
Lynchburg, Virginia
Outdoor, artificial snow2009North America
Mount Pegasus | Falls at Vineyard Mountain
SRW International LLC
Dawsonville, Atlanta, Georgia
Indoor, real snow, no goNorth America
Mt. Aggie at Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

Outdoor, SnowSport Xtreme1998North America
Pigeon Forge Snow
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Indoor, real snow. An indoor snow tubing center.2018North America
Pro-Fit Ski & Mountain Sports at Virginia Village shopping center
Indoor2017North America
Snobahn
Centennial, Colorado
Indoor2018North America
Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park
Artificial hill 60 FT tall with 400 FT slope, with two dozen snow tube lanes. All weather snowmaking machines produce the snow. Also features a 10,000 SF indoor snow dome featuring real falling snow and mini indoor tubing hill. An indoor music and light snow signatures the evenings.2020North America
Snowflex Park at Wolfe Mountain
Branson, Missouri
Outdoor, artificial2017North America
Snowtubing at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort
Middlefield, Connecticut
Outdoor2017North America
Summer Tubing at YMCA of the Rockies
Colorado
Outdoor, Snowflex®2014North America
Water City Niagara Falls
Cocov Destinations
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Outdoor, artificialTBDNorth America
Woodward Camp at Copper Mountain
Colorado
Indoor, Snowflex®North America
Woodward Tahoe Bunker at Boreal Mountain Resort
Boreal, California
Indoor2012North America
Alpine-X
Fairfax County, Virginia
Redevelopment of a section of the I-95 Lorton CDD Landfill into an indoor ski facility, which is envisioned to include a hotel, restaurants and shops. Approved by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in November 2020.2023 eNorth America
Ski Egypt at Mall of Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
Indoor2017North Africa
Abirami Snow World
India
Indoor, snow experiences2012India
Ski India at DLF Mall of India
Delhi, India
Indoor, real snow2016India
Snow World
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Indoor2004India
SnowMagic
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Indoor2006GCC
Fun Ski Village at Bawadi Mall
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Indoor, Neveplast surface2009GCC
Infinite Ski
Al Quoz 4, Dubai, UAE
Indoor, Ski Maxxtracks2019GCC
Ski Bahrain at Iceberg Tower
BCB Bartels Consult
Bahrain
Indoor, real snow, no goGCC
Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates
Dubai, UAE
Indoor, real snow2005GCC
Snow City Riyadh
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Indoor2016GCC
Snow Dunes at Doha Festival City Mall
Doha, Qatar
Indoor2019GCC
Snow Village at Palm Mall
Muscat, Oman
IndoorTBDGCC
CopenHill
Copenhagen, Denmark
Outdoor, Neveplast2019Europe
Albrecht & Co
Beringen, Belgium
Indoor, mall "conveyor slope"Europe
AlpinCenter
Bottrop, Germany
Indoor2001Europe
Banger Park
Scharnitz, Austria
Outdoor, JF Dry ski matEurope
Dry Slope at Cap’Découverte
Le Garric, France
Outdoor2003Europe
Finnfoam Ski Tunnel
Paippi, Finland
Indoor, ski tunnelEurope
Ice Mountain Adventure Park
Belgium
Indoor1999Europe
Jämi Ski Tunnel
Finland
Indoor, ski tunnel2002Europe
Jever Fun Skihalle (Allrounder)
Neuss, Germany
Indoor2001Europe
Madrid Snowzone
Madrid, Spain
Indoor2003Europe
Montana Snowcenter
Westerhoven, The Netherlands
Indoor1998Europe
Noeux Les Mines
Pas de Calais, France
Outdoor, Snowflex®1996Europe
Schneepalast
Vienna, Austria
Indoor, artificial snow made from soda. Closed in 1928.1927Europe
Ski & Snowboardcentre Snow Valley
Peer, Belgium
Indoor1997Europe
Ski Aspen
Belgium
Indoor2017Europe
Ski Hall Amneville
Amnéville-Les-Thermes, France
Indoor2005Europe
Ski Skate Parque
Amadora, Portugal
Outdoor, permanently closed2009Europe
Ski-Fun
Halen, Belgium
Indoor, conveyor slope2018Europe
Skidome
Gothenburg, Sweden
Indoor2015Europe
Skiworld-Pro
Judenberg, Austria
IndoorEurope
Snø Ski Center
Oslo, Norway
Indoor2020Europe
Snow Dome Sölden in Bispingen
Lower Saxony, Germany
Indoor, real snow2006Europe
SnowWorld
Landgraaf, the Netherlands
Indoor2002Europe
SnowWorld
Zoetermeer, the Netherlands
Indoor1996Europe
Vuokatti Ski Tunnel
Finland
Indoor, ski tunnel1997Europe
Yeti Ski & Snowboard
Anderlecht, Belgium
Outdoor, slope sprinkler systemEurope
Planica Nordic Centre
Slovenia
Indoor, ski tunnel2015Eastern Europe
SNORAS Snow Arena
Druskininkai, Lithuania
Indoor, real snow2011Eastern Europe
Snow Arena
Lithuania
Indoor2011Eastern Europe
Beishan All-Weather Cross-Country Ski Resort
Jilin Province, China
Indoor, ski tunnel2019China
Chengdu Sunac Snow World
Binjiang Dujiangyan New District. Chengu, Sichuan province, China
Indoor2020China
Harbin Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Indoor2017China
Dry Slope at Veduchi
Chechen Republic, Russia
Outdoor, Neveplast2019Asia
Veduchi Dry Slope
Chechnya, Russia
Outdoor, Neveplast2019Asia
AltinOran
Ankara, Turkey
Outdoor, Snowflex®Asia
Ankara, TurkeyOutdoor, Snowflex®2015Asia
Korek Mountain Resort
Kurdistan, Iraq
Outdoor, Neveplast2015Asia
Ski Gilboa
Israel
Outdoor, Playgrass2009Asia
The Dome Indoor Ski Centre
Istanbul, Turkey
IndoorAsia
Four Seasons Ski Hall
Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, China
IndoorAsia
Imagica Snow Park
Khopoli, India
Indoor, snow experiences2016Asia
Cedar Square
Johannesburg, South Africa
Snowflex®Africa
Snowfun Ski Resort
Cape Town, South Africa
Planned, no goAfrica
2020
2010
2000
1990
1980
1970
Bill Jackson's
Indoor, rotating carpet deck1980
The Alpine FactoryIndoor, conveyor system2018
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