The Ski Aspen dry slope at Wilrijk in Belgium has been demolished top allow for the construction of an indoor snow centre this year.
The centre had been operating with one of the world’s largest artificial surface ski slopes for more than three decades. Tens of thousands of skiers have learned to ski or perfected their technique on the centres famous multi-coloured mats.
The new indoor slope will be 240 metres long and 50 meters wide with a total slope area of 12,000m² and is expected to open in November 2017. There will be a height clearance of 15 metres above the snow which will allow for freestyle tricks indoors.
“It was a challenge to organise,” said Yves Champagne who took over the Aspen Centre a decade ago, “But it gives me great pleasure to announce that there will be a real snow slope in Wilrijk! We guarantee perfect snow 365 days a year. ”
Mr Champagne said the Aspen indoor snow centre will take a pioneering role in sustainable development and smart energy by making use of the latest technologies.
Belgium currently has two operational indoor snow centres. One of the three centres that claim to be the first indoor snow centres in the world, all now closed, was the Casablanca centre in Belgium, which opened around 30 years ago in the late 1980s at the same time as early centres in Australia and Japan.