Sledging, skiing or snowboarding at any time of the year. Around the globe there are huge skiing halls where you can enjoy pure snow fun also outside the winter months. Even in midsummer, when you normally enjoy going to the open-air pool.
Again and again there are winters, during which Saint Peter sends down only very little or no snow at all. The small skiing regions with mountains hardly exceeding 1,500 metres in height suffer the most. The only thing that remains is spending your holiday in the high mountain regions, as for example in the Alps, which would require a lot of time and money. In 1927, the clever Norwegian ski jumper Dagfinn Carlsen made a virtue of necessity in his adopted country of Austria. He opened the world's first skiing hall at the former Nordwestbahnhof site in Vienna.
In Germany there are five skiing halls, in Neuss, Bottrop, Senftenberg, Wittenburg and Bispingen. The first skiing hall opened in the year 2001 in Neuss. It counts about 1,000,000 guests every year. The world's longest indoor ski run can be found inside the "Alpincenter" in Bottrop. It s about 640 metres long. In 2007, the "Snow Funpark" in Wittenburg hosted the first International German indoor-halfpipe championship. Once the guests arrive at the bottom, they can take conveyor belts or lift systems to get back to the start. Also cross-country skiers get their money's worth. In 2009, the Skisporthalle Oberhof with a 1,800 metres long circuit for cross-country skiing was built.
The Europeans are known as enthusiastic winter sportsmen. So, it's no wonder, that also our European neighbours like to come and visit the skiing halls. Whether in Belgium, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Spain or Poland – not only amateur athletes pursue their passion here. In many places the skiing halls are also used for school sports and even as training ground for top athletes. People from countries with a hot climate above average, however, must not forgo skiing or snowboarding. Inside the "Ski Dubai" in the United Arab Emirates, there are five ski runs. The longest slope measures 400 metres and features an altitude difference of 60 metres. The temperature inside the hall is between −1 and −7 °C, while outside the average temperature measures 34 °C.
Delivering the artificial snow and constant cooling of the systems consumes a lot of water and electric power. Experts compare the consumption of a skiing hall with that of a heated indoor pool. Therefore, when the operators and authorities place great value on the energy-efficient construction and operation of a hall. That means that the construction materials, insulations, cooling and technical systems require as little energy as possible. Some systems produce their electric power via solar power.
Whether inside the skiing hall or in the real mountain region – we wish you "SKI HEIL"!