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US Ski Area Plans One Of world’s Biggest Artificial Ski Slopes
The "southernmost ski area in New England" is set to open one of the world’s longest artificial surface ski slopes.

Powder Ridge, a conventional ski area located in Middlefield, Connecticut, plans to install the artificial surface slope ready to open this summer, and in a brave move plans to use a new style plastic tile from a Swiss company which is not believed to have been used for a ski surface before and does not have any lubrication.

At 855 metres (2800 feet) the artificial ski surface will probably be the second longest in the world, after a (reportedly) 1km long slope that opened in Japan last year. In total there’s be 32,500 square metres (350,000 square feet) of the surface which Powder Ridge believe will be the biggest artificial slope area in the world.

The move follows that of Minnesota ski area Buck Hill which installed a Neveplast surface on its ski slopes last summer. There’s are also a number of other artificial surface slopes in the US including the Snowflex facility at Lynchburg, Virginia.

Local media reports that the installation will be completed in two stages. The first will cost an estimated $5 million and see a short 230m (750 foot) dry slope installed by this this July, then a dramatic extension to the 855m slope will cost another $2 million and be completed in summer 2018. Further expansions may follow in subsequent years if the surface proves successful.

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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