The Dutch indoor snow centre operator SnowWorld has announced that it has reached agreement with an un-named but, SnowWorld say, well known Italian contractor to build the first indoor snow centre in Italy. The two companies have signed a declaration of intent for the development of the indoor ski resort.
“The development of an indoor ski resort in Italy is totally in line with SnowWorld’s strategy. This strategy rests on two pillars: the continuous improvement of the two existing Dutch resorts and the opening of new ski resorts. Concerning the first pillar, at the start of the last winter season, SnowWorld opened the new extended slope in Zoetermeer, the steepest indoor ski run in Europe. With regard to the opening of new ski resorts, SnowWorld is already involved in developments in Paris and Barcelona, and now in northern Italy,” a SnowWorld spokesperson said.
The location of the new centre has not been specified and it is not clear if it has been identified and secured yet, but SnowWorld say their unnamed Italian partner will not only make the necessary land available, but will also be responsible for a large part of the financing. SnowWorld have said that the centre will be built in an urban location.
“This is an important part of the strategy of SnowWorld in developing new ski resorts abroad. By sharing the financial interests, SnowWorld can benefit from local expertise in doing business abroad and considerably reduce its risks,” the SnowWorld spokesperson continued.
What is known is that the first indoor ski resort in Italy will consist of a 300 metre ski slope with chairlift and practice slopes.
Catering outlets, winter sports retail and a hotel are also part of the project, construction of which is expected to start in 2018. snowworld.com