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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.

FacilityRegionOpenedSurface / About
Snow Village at Palm Mall
Muscat, Oman
GCCTBDIndoor
Water City Niagara Falls
Cocov Destinations
Niagara Falls, Ontario
North AmericaTBDOutdoor, artificial
American Dream Miami
Triple Five Worldwide
Miami, Florida
North America2025 eIndoor
Alpine-X
Fairfax County, Virginia
North America2023 eRedevelopment 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.
Wintastar Shanghai
KOP Limited
Pudong area, Shanghai, China
Pacific Rim2022 eIndoor
2020
Chengdu Sunac Snow World
Binjiang Dujiangyan New District. Chengu, Sichuan province, China
China2020Indoor
Snø Ski Center
Oslo, Norway
Europe2020Indoor
Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park
North America2020Artificial 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.
Snowcat Ridge
Dade City
North America2020Features a 60-foot tall, 400-foot long snow tubing hill with single, tandem and family-style snow tubing.
Xiangjiang Joy City Snow World
Hunan province, China
Pacific Rim2020Indoor, rooftop; snow playground, skiing, skating, and more.
Beishan All-Weather Cross-Country Ski Resort
Jilin Province, China
China2019Indoor, ski tunnel
Big Snow at American Dream Mall
Triple Five Worldwide
East Rutherford, New Jersey
www.bigsnowamericandream.com
North America2019Indoor, real snow
CopenHill
Copenhagen, Denmark
Europe2019Outdoor, Neveplast
Dry Slope at Veduchi
Chechen Republic, Russia
Asia2019Outdoor, Neveplast
Infinite Ski
Al Quoz 4, Dubai, UAE
GCC2019Indoor, Ski Maxxtracks
Snow Dunes at Doha Festival City Mall
Doha, Qatar
GCC2019Indoor
Veduchi Dry Slope
Chechnya, Russia
Asia2019Outdoor, Neveplast
Hale Scout
Oklahoma
North America2018Outdoor, Neveplast replaced older surface
iSkate Park at Power Kart Raceway
Griffith, Australia
Pacific Rim2018Indoor, Glice® surface
Neveplast Tubby Slides at Ho May Amusement Park
Vietnam
Pacific Rim2018Outdoor
Pigeon Forge Snow
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
North America2018Indoor, real snow. An indoor snow tubing center.
Ski-Fun
Halen, Belgium
Europe2018Indoor, conveyor slope
Snobahn
Centennial, Colorado
North America2018Indoor
The Alpine Factory2018Indoor, conveyor system
VertiKal Indoor Snow Sports
Canberra, Australia
Pacific Rim2018Indoor
Harbin Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
China2017Indoor, 860,000 SF under roof.
JF Ski Centre
Foshan, China
Pacific Rim2017Outdoor
Pro-Fit Ski & Mountain Sports at Virginia Village shopping center
North America2017Indoor
Ski Aspen
Belgium
Europe2017Indoor
Ski Egypt at Mall of Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
North Africa2017Indoor
Snowflex Park at Wolfe Mountain
Branson, Missouri
North America2017Outdoor, artificial
Snowtubing at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort
Middlefield, Connecticut
North America2017Outdoor
Buck Hill
Burnsville (Minneapolis area), Minnesota
North America2016Outdoor, Neveplast
Imagica Snow Park
Khopoli, India
Asia2016Indoor, snow experiences
Kobukuru
Niigata prefecture, Japan
Pacific Rim2016Outdoor
Ski India at DLF Mall of India
Delhi, India
India2016Indoor, real snow
Snow City Riyadh
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
GCC2016Indoor
Ankara, TurkeyAsia2015Outdoor, Snowflex®
Korek Mountain Resort
Kurdistan, Iraq
Asia2015Outdoor, Neveplast
Planica Nordic Centre
Slovenia
Eastern Europe2015Indoor, ski tunnel
Ski365 at Zpell Mall
Bangkok, Thailand
Pacific Rim2015Indoor, conveyor system
Skidome
Gothenburg, Sweden
Europe2015Indoor
Swan Castle Ski Resort
Wencheng, China
Pacific Rim2015Indoor
Urban Ski Millenia Walk
Singapore
Pacific Rim2015Indoor, conveyor system
Summer Tubing at YMCA of the Rockies
Colorado
North America2014Outdoor, Snowflex®
Chicago Snow Studios
Illinois
North America2013Indoor, conveyor system
Snowland
Brazil
South America2013
Abirami Snow World
India
India2012Indoor, snow experiences
Woodward Tahoe Bunker at Boreal Mountain Resort
Boreal, California
North America2012Indoor
SNORAS Snow Arena
Druskininkai, Lithuania
Eastern Europe2011Indoor, real snow
Snow Arena
Lithuania
Eastern Europe2011Indoor
SnoWalk
Malaysia
Pacific Rim2011Indoor
2010
Fun Ski Village at Bawadi Mall
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE
GCC2009Indoor, Neveplast surface
Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre
Lynchburg, Virginia
North America2009Outdoor, artificial snow
Ski Gilboa
Israel
Asia2009Outdoor, Playgrass
Ski Skate Parque
Amadora, Portugal
Europe2009Outdoor, permanently closed
The Snow Centre
Hemel Hempstead, England
UK2009Indoor; The facility includes a terrain park for freestylers, a wide lesson slope, and a snow slide and sledding area for the kiddos.
Woongjin Playdoci Indoor Ski Resort
Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Pacific Rim2009Indoor
Tiger World
Bucheon, South Korea
Pacific Rim2007Indoor
Snow Dome Sölden in Bispingen
Lower Saxony, Germany
Europe2006Indoor, real snow
SnowMagic
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
GCC2006Indoor
Qiaobo Ice and Snow World at Tsinghua University
Beijing, China
Pacific Rim2005Indoor
Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates
Dubai, UAE
GCC2005Indoor, real snow
Ski Hall Amneville
Amnéville-Les-Thermes, France
Europe2005Indoor
SnowPlanet
Silverdale (Auckland area), New Zealand
Pacific Rim2005Indoor; 86,000 SF. There is an area for children, a Winter Wonderland faux Alpine village, where kids can make a snowman, have a snowball fight or go tobogganing.
Snow World
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
India2004Indoor
Dry Slope at Cap’Découverte
Le Garric, France
Europe2003Outdoor
Madrid Snowzone
Madrid, Spain
Europe2003Indoor
Xscape
Castleford, Yorkshire, England
UK2003Indoor, Snowflex®
Jämi Ski Tunnel
Finland
Europe2002Indoor, ski tunnel
SnowWorld
Landgraaf, the Netherlands
Europe2002Indoor; Includes five slopes and chairlift.
AlpinCenter
Bottrop, Germany
Europe2001Indoor; AlpinCenter has the world’s longest indoor ski run, some 2,100 feet long.
Jever Fun Skihalle (Allrounder)
Neuss, Germany
Europe2001Indoor
2000
BIGAIR Fukuoka
Fukuoka, Japan
Pacific Rim2000Indoor, shuttered in 2009
Skiing Alps Ice and Snow World
Window of the World
Shenzhen, China
Pacific Rim2000Indoor, real snow
Snow City
Singapore
Pacific Rim2000Indoor
Ice Mountain Adventure Park
Belgium
Europe1999Indoor
Montana Snowcenter
Westerhoven, The Netherlands
Europe1998Indoor
Mt. Aggie at Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

North America1998Outdoor, SnowSport Xtreme
Snova Hashima
Japan
Pacific Rim1998Indoor
Ski & Snowboardcentre Snow Valley
Peer, Belgium
Europe1997Indoor
Vuokatti Ski Tunnel
Finland
Europe1997Indoor, ski tunnel
Noeux Les Mines
Pas de Calais, France
Europe1996Outdoor, Snowflex®
Snowland at Megamall
Penang, Malaysia
Pacific Rim1996Indoor, shuttered in 2010
SnowWorld
Zoetermeer, the Netherlands
Europe1996Indoor
International Arctic Centre
Christchurch, New Zealand
Pacific Rim1992Experiential attraction
1990
Llangrannog Snowsports Centre
West Wales, UK
UK1989Outdoor, Playgrass Freestyle Slope
Pembrey Ski Slope
Dyfed, Wales, UK
UK1988Outdoor
Mount Thebarton
Adelaide, Australia
Pacific Rim1987Indoor, shuttered in 2005.
LLandudno Snowsports Centre
Wales
UK1986Outdoor
1980
Bill Jackson's
1980Indoor, rotating carpet deck
Pontypool Ski Slope at Pontypool Park
South Wales, UK
UK1975Outdoor
1970
Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre
Cardiff, Wales
UK1969Outdoor
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre
Garthdee, Scotland
UK1967Outdoor, Snowflex®
Sayama Ski & Snowboard
Saitama, Japan
Pacific Rim1959Indoor
Schneepalast
Vienna, Austria
Europe1927Indoor, artificial snow made from soda. Closed in 1928.
The Glaciarium Skating Rink
Chelsea, London
UK1876Indoor, the first mechanically refrigerated rink
Albrecht & Co
Beringen, Belgium
EuropeIndoor, mall "conveyor slope"
AltinOran
Ankara, Turkey
AsiaOutdoor, Snowflex®
Banger Park
Scharnitz, Austria
EuropeOutdoor, JF Dry ski mat
Cedar Square
Johannesburg, South Africa
AfricaSnowflex®
Dan-yr-Ogof Ski Slope
West Glamorgan, Wales
UKOutdoor
Finnfoam Ski Tunnel
Paippi, Finland
EuropeIndoor, ski tunnel
Four Seasons Ski Hall
Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, China
AsiaIndoor
Mount Pegasus | Falls at Vineyard Mountain
SRW International LLC
Dawsonville, Atlanta, Georgia
North AmericaIndoor, real snow, no go
Running River Extreme Sports Park
Beijing, China
Pacific RimOutdoor
Ski Bahrain at Iceberg Tower
BCB Bartels Consult
Bahrain
GCCIndoor, real snow, no go
Ski Rossendale
Lancashire, England
UKOutdoor, Snowflex®
Skiworld-Pro
Judenberg, Austria
EuropeIndoor
Snowfun Ski Resort
Cape Town, South Africa
AfricaPlanned, no go
The Dome Indoor Ski Centre
Istanbul, Turkey
AsiaIndoor
Woodward Camp at Copper Mountain
Colorado
North AmericaIndoor, Snowflex®
Yeti Ski & Snowboard
Anderlecht, Belgium
EuropeOutdoor, slope sprinkler system
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