Indoor skiing

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Exterior view of an indoor ski slope

Indoor skiing is done in a climate-controlled environment with snowmaking. This enables skiing and snowboarding to take place regardless of outdoor temperatures. Facilities for both alpine skiing and nordic skiing are available.

Nordic ski tunnels[edit]

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Location Name Length Opened
Finland Sotkamo DNA Ski Tunnel 1,200 m (3,937 ft) 1997
Finland Jämijärvi Jämi Ski Tunnel 1,250 m (4,101 ft) 2002
Finland Uusikaupunki Vahterus Ring and Vahterus Ring II 1,000 m (3,281 ft) Nov 2005
Finland Paimio Ski Tunnel Paippi and Ski Tunnel Paippi II 700 m (2,297 ft) before 2006
Finland Leppävirta Vesileppis Ski Arena before 2006
Sweden Torsby Fortum Ski Tunnel Torsby 1,287 m (4,222 ft) 16 Jun 2006
Germany Oberhof DKB Skisport-Halle Oberhof 1,754 m (5,755 ft) 24 Aug 2009
Finland Helsinki Ylläs-Halli and Ylläs-Halli II 1,100 m (3,609 ft) 1 Sep 2009

Tunnel under construction in Planica, Slovenia will be opened in June 2016.

Alpine ski halls[edit]

  • SnowWorld, Landgraaf, Netherlands with a total of 35,000 m² of snow. In 2003, the first indoor snowboard FIS WorldCup contest was held here.
  • The AlpinCenter in the SnowFunPark in Wittenburg/Germany with a 640 m slope and a 31 percent grade.
  • Chill Factore, 4 miles outside Manchester,[1] with a 180m long main slope.
  • Ski_Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Snow Arena, Druskininkai, Lithuania.
  • SnowHall, SnowHall Amnéville, France
  • SnowZone, in Madrid, Spain, has 18.000 square meters of snow areas, including a 250-meters slope (over 25%, 50 meter wide) and a 100-meters long (40 meters wide), chairlifts, and other winter sports facilities.[2]

The first indoor ski slope, "Schneepalast" (German for snow palace) operated from 1927 to 1943 in Vienna in an abandoned railway station, the Nordwestbahnhof. The snow was made of soda.[3] The world's first commercial indoor ski slope operated from 1987 to 2005 at Mount Thebarton, in Adelaide, South Australia.[4]


  1. ^ "Chill Factore". Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Snowzone". Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  3. ^ Von Bernhard Ichner (2014-01-26). "Die Skistadt Wien - ein historischer Rückblick". Kurier.At. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  4. ^