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New dry slope to bring more people to snow sports
Nozawa Onsen, one of Japan’s longest established and leading ski areas, has built one of the world’s longest dry ski slopes yet.

The new ski run, which opens on July 1st, 2017, comes with its own chairlift and computer controlled ticket access gates.

The slope is 500m long, its steepest sections have a maximum gradient of 27° the smallest gradient is 10°, average slope 12°.

It is part of the new Nozawa Onsen Sports Park which also includes a zipwire, Japan’s longest at 652m, trampolines and other outdoor summer attractions. It will operate free-of-charge on opening day and be open to 11pm.

Advice for skiers and boarders using the new slope includes a warning that they would be wise to wear full protective gear, including a ski helmet, as if they fall they are likely to hurt themselves more than if they fall on snow.
The centre also advise that the slope is lubricated by a sprinkler system which means slope users are likely to get wet, and should be wary of possibly damage from the moisture to any personal electronic devices they are carrying. Bringing a change of clothing is advised.

There’s also detailed advice on the dangers of ‘frictional heat’ when using the slope which can damage conventional ski and boarding equipment so special rentals and/or special wax on your own equipment is recommended.

Nozawa Onsen is the latest in a growing number of conventional ski areas to add dry ski slopes for summer use. Buck Hill in Minnesota, USA is entering its first season of summer dry slope operation.

Patrick Thorne, also known as the Snow Hunter, is an industry expert in all technical developments in snow sports. In addition to his work Patrick is also father and knows the importance and fun of kids on snow.
www.thesnowhunter.com


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