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New dry slope in Turkey will take title of worlds largest dry slope.
By Patrick Thorne.

The new largest artificial ski slope in the world will open later this year at Altin Oran near capital Ankara in Turkey.

Covering 11,000m2 and accessed by its own gondola and quad chairlift, the centre, known as Snowland, will replace the existing ’title holder’ of ‘world’s biggest dry slope’ the 350m long Loisinord centre located in the French mining town of Noeux les Mines, 50 miles South East of Calais, which has held the title for nearly 10 years since it expanded in 2006, having originally opened in 1996. Before that it was the Sheffield Ski village which was destroyed by fire three years ago.

Both Snowland and Loisinord have had their slopes designed with a Snowflex surface material supplied and installed by Yorkshire-based British company Briton Engineering. In Turkey the company is working with assistance from ADA YAPI, a respected construction contractor in its own right and, Briton Engineering say, the perfect partner for a project of this nature.

Although the Snowflex surface can be used for snowsports year round, natural snowfall can sometimes occur at the Snowland location too.
Speaking at the start of this year, Briton Engineering Director Shaun Waddingham commented, “The project has been challenging in a number of ways – in particular, the winter weather at almost 1000m, is proving to be testing - and navigating the Turkish importation system has been a new experience too. But the installation team is predominantly Turkish and has adapted very well. The atmosphere on site has been fantastic and we can’t wait to get the slope into shape and operational”.

The opening date for the new Turkish Snowland slope has not yet been confirmed but looks most likely to be September.

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