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post #31 of 35

I should add that the material at Liberty is not synthetic or man made snow like at the places that are in England or Dubai. I haven't been to those so I cannot comment on those however.

post #32 of 35

There appear to be three different systems. One is the one at Liberty that utilizes plastic layers and water. Another type which is solely plastic; so called dry slopes. The third are the ones in 'ice boxes' that are equivalent to man-made snow at any typical ski resort; blown with water and air to form ice crystals.

post #33 of 35

What Liberty uses is Snowflex, which is a specific product by BRITON Engineering Developments, a UK firm.  I imagine the terrain design makes a difference in terms of what ski techniques are possible.

 

http://www.snowflex.com

 

Apparently there is now a Snowflex tubing slope at a YMCA in Colorado.  Meant for spring, summer, fall, but could be used during the winter if there isn't any natural snow.

post #34 of 35
Basically there are dryslopes and indoor slopes. Most dryslopes started as Dendix ( named for it's creator Dennis Dixon) and is the honeycomb bristly matting you've probably seen somewhere on a lift loading area. Snowflex is more carpet like and is preferred for freestyle due to the shock absorbing underlay used beneath it. Racers seem to prefer Dendix as it is more edgeable.

Indoor slopes use increasingly sophisticated snowmaking, early ones were literally shaved ice whereas the most recent ones use ceiling systems. Indoor snow does get very soupy and apparent my does need to set for a bit after making and grooming which prohibits midday reworking.
post #35 of 35
Anyway it's good enough for Plake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBMTU-665Vw
Edited by fatbob - 7/17/14 at 2:41am
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