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wfyurasko - DCSki Supporter
May 29, 2019
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The Longest Indoor Ski Slope In North America May Come To A Landfill In Lorton - dcist

 

Fairfax County officials announced on Wednesday that Alpine-X, a Virginia-based company, has submitted a proposal to build a 450,000 square foot indoor snow sports facility that would include a 1,700-foot ski slope in Lorton, Va. The recreational facility, which is still just a proposal, has been dubbed “Fairfax Peak.” And the county seems into it.

The indoor slope would be the longest in North America and one of the longest in the world””rising to an altitude of about 280 feet, according to a press release from the county

I'm not sure I'm that interested in 280 vertical feet, but it might be good for my kids to learn on.

superguy
May 30, 2019
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It would be a little shorter than Wagner at 7S (about 350 verts).  It might be a nice getaway for a few hours if you get that summertime bug.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
May 30, 2019
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Snowworld is a Dutch company that has partnered with Alpine-X.

Can see live video of a Snowworld in The Netherlands.  I think this facility has two "pistes" with a poma in between.  There is also a bigger facility that has a 6-seat chairlift.

https://youtu.be/HL8_VZbql_M - live Zoetermeer

https://youtu.be/k64qwBytw7g - interview in Dutch with the CEO, can see people doing bumps

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
May 30, 2019 (edited June 3, 2019)
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wfyurasko wrote:

I'm not sure I'm that interested in 280 vertical feet, but it might be good for my kids to learn on.

Mount Pleasant in PA is 320' vert.  Campgaw in NJ has 270' vert.

What would matter to me is the relative time spent going up versus skiing down.  Lapping Geromino or Lower Showtime at Mnut would be comparable I think.

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
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Not sure how it compares in size with the proposal for Fairfax County, the the SnowWorld facility in Langraaf looks huge.  There are three main "pistes," a 6-seat chairlift, a couple pomas, and a magic carpet.  Check out this video of a couple kids who practiced their freestyle skills at Langraaf when they were little.  Kelly Sildaru won a gold medal at the X Games in 2016.  The family is from Estonia.  Her little brother was pretty good in 2011 too.  Landgraaf opened in 2002 while the first location in Zoetermeer opened in 1996.  The founder is no longer in charge.  A new CEO took over in 2018 when a Belgium investment firm become the majority shareholder.  After a couple acquistions/partnerships, SnowWorld now has four locations, with three in the Netherlands and one in Germany.

https://youtu.be/oT7_AYm1_FY - 2011

Landgraaf slopes:

    ”¢ #1: an official FIS piste, red, 369m length by 37m width, 6-person chairlift + tow lift;

    ”¢ #2: the longest indoor run in the Benelux, blue, 387m length by 28m width, 6-person chairlift + two ski tows; 

    ”¢ #3: beginner slope, green, 55m length by 26m width, magic carpet;

    ”¢ #4: tubing and various group activities, blue, 45m length by 23m width, magic carpet;

    ”¢ Kinderland: a gentle practice slope suitable for the smallest children, green, 20m length, magic carpet;

    ”¢ Funpark [terrain park]: the biggest fun park in Europe, with rails, boxes and kickers, about 200m length.

wgo
May 31, 2019 (edited May 31, 2019)
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Press release indicates that some of the slopes will be at a 20 degree angle. Assuming that they aren't confusing angle with grade, that would be respectable for these parts - the slopes at Wintergreen and Massanutten top out in the lower 20's (degrees), I believe.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
May 31, 2019
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The Alpine-X proposal is online for anyone interested in details.  They first contacted Fairfax County in 2016.

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/procurement/sites/procurement/files/assets/documents/ppea%20proposal_redacted.pdf

Turns out that Snow World became a public company in 2013, based in the Netherlands.  In 2018 a Belgian company bought majority shares and a new CEO took over from the founder.  As of 2019, Snow World has three facilities/resorts in the Netherlands and runs one in Germany.  The original two Dutch Snow World resorts remind me of Great Wolf Lodge, meaning a self-contained resort with hotel, restaurants, and somewhere to have active fun for a few days.  Only difference is that the main draw is indoor skiing/boarding instead of a waterpark.

Denis - DCSki Supporter
May 31, 2019 (edited May 31, 2019)
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Interesting idea and it seems a good place for it.  The hill from the occoquan River up the Fairfax county parkway is a serious piece of work on a bicycle.  Did it many times when I lived there.  You could give the ski trails novel names with a prison theme. 😁

my pick - Birdman.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
May 31, 2019 (edited June 3, 2019)
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Turns out that Alpine-X is a small new LLC that is leading the project, based in McLean, VA.  Partners include Ski Center LTD.  CEO Niels ten Berge has been around DC as a consultant in the energy field for a while.  He is Dutch, holds a M.S. in International Business from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and speaks Dutch, English, German and French. SnowWorld USA is a 50-50 partnership between Alpine-X and SnowWorld B.V.  The proposal includes bios of the men who created Alpine-X as well as execs of SnowWorld.

https://alpine-x.com

superguy
June 5, 2019
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More likely grade.  Just doing a quick and dirty trig equation assuming a straight consistent pitch gives sin-1 (y/h) gives sin-1 (280/1700)  = sin-1 or ~.165, or 9.5 degrees.  That's roughly in the neighborhood of a 20% grade.

20 degree pitch would only put you at about 820' run.

 

wgo
June 5, 2019
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I did the same calculation, but thought that perhaps there would be a shorter, steeper slope off to the side. Probably not, though.
superguy
June 6, 2019
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wgo wrote:

I did the same calculation, but thought that perhaps there would be a shorter, steeper slope off to the side. Probably not, though.

Would be nice though. :)

Gonna dream for a second - would't it be cool if they could dynamically adjust the steepness of the slope?  Say they have advanced sessions when the steeper runs would be available, and times geared toward the beginner.

Don't know if it's possible and I doubt if it would be cost effective - but it would be cool! :)

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
4 months ago
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I think there have been a few other threads about the AlpineX proposal for Lorton, but this was the oldest one.  SAM has decided the project has real potential I guess.

https://www.saminfo.com/headline-news/9830-indoor-snowsports-resort-coming-to-washington-d-c

johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
3 months ago
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This would be a great addition to the region. I would enjoy going there to demo new equipment, and get conditioned before the season and during warm spells during the season. It would also be a great venue for birthday parties, and other gatherings. Never skied indoors but I hope to be a regular once this opens.
padjaski68
3 months ago
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 John you have a great point about testing new gear. Hopefully they would have wide variety of product to test and not just one or two companies. Snowshoe was only place that I know of that actually has a demo center on the mountain. 

johnfmh wrote:

This would be a great addition to the region. I would enjoy going there to demo new equipment, and get conditioned before the season and during warm spells during the season. It would also be a great venue for birthday parties, and other gatherings. Never skied indoors but I hope to be a regular once this opens.
johnfmh - DCSki Columnist
3 months ago (edited 3 months ago)
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padjaski68 wrote:


 John you have a great point about testing new gear. Hopefully they would have wide variety of product to test and not just one or two companies. Snowshoe was only place that I know of that actually has a demo center on the mountain. 

johnfmh wrote:

This would be a great addition to the region. I would enjoy going there to demo new equipment, and get conditioned before the season and during warm spells during the season. It would also be a great venue for birthday parties, and other gatherings. Never skied indoors but I hope to be a regular once this opens.

That’s one of my biggest pet peeves about this region—the complexity of buying equipment and the lack of demoing opportunities. Ski Lorton would help fill this gap. Let’s hope one of the local ski stores partners with the new owner to setup a demo center there.  I could see spending many days there test driving equipment.  

One other hope would be long hours of operation. Getting to Lorton for most people involves driving the mixing bowl in Springfield and I-95 South—not fun during rush hour.  Being able to swing buy for 3 hours of skiing at night or early in the morning would be great.

The final draw would be the park. I’m too old to be a park rat, but having a 12 month park would allow many people to hone there skills during the off season. Parks are where these indoor resorts can really shine.

ZARDOG
3 months ago
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the old cost to build was 90 million, now that GREEN is in the cost comes to 200 Million.

Snowtime sold for 77 Million 3 resorts. I just don't see the math working. 

My teammates went to Big Snow in NJ 

skidomeorg.blogspot.com

Snow was of great quality, They limit the participants and the cost was 35$ for 2 hrs.

A slalom training run would work. 

1622373314_xozqhlyjngnr.jpg       Photo by Al S. 

Compares to Roundtop Fanny hill. 

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Crush
3 months ago (edited 3 months ago)
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hey that works! Hit that then go to Atlantic City and hit the casinos and beach just 2 hours away! OK I just got excited!

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