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South Korea's "first indoor ski slope" opens 7 July

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
What's claimed to be South Korea's first snow dome for skiing opens in five days time. Its main slope is 270m long.

Tiger World, located in Gyeonggi province, follows Japan and China which both have a number of indoor ski facilities.

This report from The Hankyoreh

270m is not a bad length for an indoor slope. Our 4 snow domes in the UK are shorter than that. Anyone care to go ski this monster?
post #2 of 17
Sounds cool. I'm not sure how the sport is progressing in Asia...

I know the Japanese ski, but it does seem that they prefer snowboarding over here in North America. Skiing in China isn't that far yet... and I'm not sure how its getting on Korea. I'm sure it's good for the industry though.
post #3 of 17
7th July is strange timing. That will either be a huge party or a bit of an anti-climax, depending on this decision on 4th July:
http://www.gamesbids.com/cgi-bin/new...&id=1183341211
post #4 of 17
IMO - indoor skiing is as about as close to real skiing as surfing a wave pool is to dropping in at Ouside Log Cabins.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'd disagree with that, but size matters.

I was lucky enough to attend the opening ceremony of the SSAWS Tokyo Ski Dome back in 1994 or so. It was an enormous building - 500m long, with two high-speed quad chairlifts (one up each side, with pylons cantilevered off the structure) and a travelator:

Photo here

The snow when I skied it was perfection and the whole experience was cosmic.

The building went bust and has now been replaced by Tokyo IKEA.
I think it was the most expensive infrastructure project ever built in the name of this sport, by some margin.
post #6 of 17
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The snow when I skied it was perfection and the whole experience was cosmic.

It was 2 feet of fresh 4% water content powder on a 3000 foot vertical 45 degree face? Sign me up!
post #7 of 17
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IMO - indoor skiing is as about as close to real skiing as surfing a wave pool is to dropping in at Ouside Log Cabins.
Surfing Outside Log Cabins* is about as close to real surfing as surfing a wave pool is to dropping in Outside Sunset Beach*. And those who surf Malibu and Rincon well, just aren't really surfing. "Eddie would go" and probably have had fun anywhere.



*Surf spots on the North Shore of Oahu.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
You're quite right.
Eddie [unusual photo of Eddie here] would go.
In fact he might even jump over a car - which is what he did at the
Tamworth Snow Dome, Britain's first.

How come the USA is so backward when it comes to building snowdomes? We provided you with the world's finest engineers.
post #9 of 17
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How come the USA is so backward when it comes to building snowdomes? We provided you with the world's finest engineers.
There was a big snow dome plan in Las Vegas, but that was funded by Enron, and you know what happened.

The New Jersey snow dome is planned but not yet built.
post #10 of 17
Is it a financially viable business? Forget the land cost and the construction cost for the time being, can you generate enough income to cover the high running cost of the snow dome?
post #11 of 17
DG, that Eddie photo is truly scary and just crying out for a caption competition!
post #12 of 17
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You're quite right.
Eddie [unusual photo of Eddie here] would go.
In fact he might even jump over a car - which is what he did at the
Tamworth Snow Dome, Britain's first.

How come the USA is so backward when it comes to building snowdomes? We provided you with the world's finest engineers.
Because they have actual moutains ? (Just an uneducated guess, mind you...).
post #13 of 17
So, philippeR, how do you explain this monstrosity?
http://assoc.orange.fr/nordmag/patri...loisinord1.jpg
post #14 of 17
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So, philippeR, how do you explain this monstrosity?
http://assoc.orange.fr/nordmag/patri...loisinord1.jpg
Loisinord.

Eh, distance. 600 kms from the alps...
Now, that's not a snow dome : it's outdoor and not purposedely built. It's rather an ingenious use for the slag-heaps scattered all over flat northern France. Since the mines closed in the 80's, early 90's, they have been converted into green hills, MTBs tracks, and artficial slopes. A taste of skiing for people that could not afford a week of skiing in the Alps.
post #15 of 17
Great story. I too have skied on a heap of toxic waste in 'a no-man's land of infinite sadness' - which used to be called Beckton Alps:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tims/12...7594096123093/
post #16 of 17
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"Eddie would go" and probably have had fun anywhere.
I'm a bit young to have known the guy, but I seriously doubt that he would have shown any interest at all in "surfing" a wave pool.

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Because they have actual moutains ? (Just an uneducated guess, mind you...).
This would be my guess.


And Limey dude - please don't confuse a sideshow act like Eddie the Eagle with a legend like Eddie Aikau.
post #17 of 17
They are now building an indoor ski area at the Meadowlands as we speak. You can see it by Giant stadium right off the Turnpike.
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