Get ready to go big on the new slopestyle course and olympic-size Superpipe next year in...Las Vegas. Vegas? Scheduled to open in late 2003 in the Nevada desert, SnowLab, will be the country's first indoor snow-riding facility. Coming in at 1,100 feet long, with more than 200,000 square feet of snow-covered terrain, it will also rank as one of the largest such centers in the world.
"We anticipate it will be used by the pros as a year-round training facility," says Christiana Wolf, spokesperson for SnowLab. "It's designed with freestyle boarders and skiers in mind," she says.
In addition to a ski school and an "extreme" tubing course, SnowLab's interchangeable slopestyle course will feature rails, tables, and big-air jumps, as well as an extensive video system that will replay your moves on big screens throughout the building.
Snow Creation International (SCI), developer of SnowLab, is working to avoid mistakes like those that torpedoed Disney's Gotcha Glacier snow dome project near Anaheim, California, which was called off last year. SCI has lowered costs dramatically by developing its own snowmaking system and signing an exclusive agreement with Snow Park Technology, a worldwide leader in terrain park design.
"It'll be great for all the athletes who can't afford to travel," says pro rider Jamie Burge. "Plus, it'll still be there after Mount Hood blows."