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.

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.[2] The world's first commercial indoor ski slope operated from 1987 to 2005 at Mount Thebarton, in Adelaide, South Australia.[3]