Chamonix, France is home to Vallee Blanche which has a vertical drop of 2807 meters or 9209 vertical feet. However, there is a company that is designing an indoor corkscrew like ski-run known as Ski-Trac that could chump all ski runs in vert. If ever built,- Ski-Trac could provide an infinitely long ski run that could last the rest of your life.
At the top speed of 30 km/h (19 mph), the slope-stretching magic of the rotating deck becomes apparent. As the skier zigzags downhill he is constantly being taken back up again by the on-coming snow and may in fact never reach the bottom!
In one hour he has traveled 30 kilometres (19 miles) over the snow, making the Ski-Trac the longest ski run in the world.
The ability to provide a ski run vastly in excess of the size of its structure will see the Ski-Trac become the standard method of indoor skiing throughout the world.
|Skier Capacity:||On all slopes including Snow-boarders: 1000 skiers.|
|Main Slope Length:||300 metres to 20 km (ave. distance over snow per hour).|
|Slope width:||50 metres.|
|Drop:||39 metres (13 stories).|
|Snow depth:||200 millimetres minimum.|
|Other Slopes:||250 metre Mountain Run (with moguls & drops). “Hyper Slope” inside Snow Chamber. Centre Training Area. Snowboard Area including half pipe, slalom, bordercross, flat-tops etc.|
|Air Temperature Ski Area:||8 degrees Celsius (ave).|
|Skiing Charges:||$10 – $20 for first hour (off-peak to peak time range).|
|Dome Construction:||Clear-span truss, insulated, metal skin.|
|Total Dome Area:||40,400 m2 (10 acres).|
|Energy Source:||Gas turbine Co-generation.|
|Technology Features:||Mag-lev. The 2,500 tonne snow deck will be supported by electro-magnetic support units enabling the entire moving snow-field to “float” on a 15mm space, with zero vibration, noise and maintenance; Twin Chamber Snow Chamber for non-stop snowmaking; New Heat Exchanger technology.|
|Other Facilities:||Suspended Gondolas, Bobsled Ride, Snow-play & Tobogganing, Ski Hire, Ski Instruction, Themed Ice-Skating, Restaurants, Retail Areas, Four Star Hotel.|
|Origin of the Ski-Trac:||The Ski-Trac was invented, designed and developed by Kevin Ferris of Brisbane, Australia. The first snow tests of the unique snow-making eco-system took place in Townsville November 1997 in association with George Jennings of Woomera Snow Guns, Canberra. A one-tenth size test model was built in a factory at Taren Point in Sydney. Systems development took place with the assistance of Richard Worsdall of Ski-Trac’s project management company Kinlay Neill Worsdall, with engineering development by Meinhardt, Sydney.|
For more information check out Ski-Track.com
Using new Mag-lev technology, the snow deck, with its 200 mm (8 in) snow cover will “float” on an electro-magnetic field without the need for wheels, thus ensuring frictionless, vibrationless, silent, and maintenance-free rotation. Drive power will be supplied by linear motor.