Antwerp looks set to get a new indoor ski slope in 2017 when one of Europe’s largest artificial surface dry slopes is converted to an indoor snow dome.
The new Ski Aspen complex, due to open in September next year, will have a 240m long, 50m wide main slope giving it 12,000 square metres of indoor snow cover.
The project is similar in size to the nearby Belgian indoor slopes of Snow Valley and Ice Mountain and will be one of the first new indoor snow centres in northern Europe for more than five years.
Belgium has an important place in the history of indoor snow centres with the Casablanca centre, one of the first ‘proper’ indoor snow slopes to open anywhere in the world, opening in the country nearly 30 years ago. It too was created from a previous outdoor artificial surface slope.
“Within a year we hope to open the large indoor arena with adjoining catering area and parking lot. There will be a completely new hospitality concept, but certain elements of the earlier case are preserved,” managers Yves Champagne and Bram Hendrickx told local media.