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Who has skied or snowboarded on a Snowflex surface? What was it like?

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I came across this artificial surface resort in Virginia.  I had heard they had grass skiing a couple years ago.  It looks like they have added a year round skiing and riding capability.  Who's been here or someplace similar and how did you like it? 

 

Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre

 

The water ramps I had some experience with had bristles and sprinkler hoses running under them to keep them wet. We then sprayed a quick coat of WD 40 on the skis and off we went.  This looks similar.

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I live in Lynchburg and skied Snoflex on opening day...I was not impressed.  The surface is very sticky and your edges can get stuck in between the space of the "tiles" of the surface, so it's easy to catch an edge.  The Flex has one rope tow that goes up to the top and they had two kickers and a couple rails the last time I went, but it may have changed.  Overall, I'd say it is mainly for park skiers and riders and most certainly not suitable for a downhill/all-mountain skier.  But it's a neat thing to try once and a while during the off-season.

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I don't mind hitting jumps of that's what they have.  However, what I do take note of is that it will hurt a lot more to fall on this surface than it does in the snow, even ice when moving.  Slick fabric probably helps, but still gonna leave a mark hahaha!

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Yeah, the surface is definitely much harder than the real thing.  I have a friend that races at University of Utah now that broke her collarbone on the opening week of Snowflex going off of their biggest kicker.    

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I have ridden it at woodward but it's just a simple kicker into a foam pit. I know it's a lot harder on boarders then skiers as you have to be pretty soft on the edges as you will stick. It's only like 5 secs on the snowflex so not a lot to go on. 

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Have heard that Snowflex scrapes up the bottom of skis a lot.  Long sleeves are recommended even in the summer time.  From the videos I've seen, there is plenty of space to just make turns if not interested in jumps.  Liberty teaches skiing to their students.  Invested in Snowflex as a way to get more folks to consider enrolling.

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