Indoor Skiing: Recreational and Extreme 

We all know that the UK does get some snow, but not enough for good, serious skiing to be done. Some skiers who consider themselves elitist pull up their noses at the thought of indoor skiing. They do not consider this ‘natural’. These snobs will look rather foolish when confronted with the facts of the popularity of the indoor skiing facilities available in the UK. Up to date there are now five such facilities available and more are planned to cater to future demands.  
The concept is simple.  It is basically a giant freezer with slopes built and you are skiing on actual snow.  It is wise to wear warm clothes as you will experience temperatures of up to -120 degrees Celsius with the actual temperature plus wind chill factor. The greatest attraction of these indoor skiing facilities is that you have access to all-year round skiing.  This is far more accessible than having to travel great distances to get to mountain ski slopes. The indoor skiing facilities are a huge benefit for the competitive snow sportsman in Britain.  It allows them daily access to practice facilities. Indoor training facilities for national sports teams are not a new invention as many countries already have their teams training indoors.  Britain is following the latest training methods that can give sportsmen that needed edge in the tough world of competitive and professional sports.  
The first indoor skiing facilities opened in Belgium and Austria twenty years ago.  They were very basic, but it was the beginnings that have been evolving into ever more sophisticated facilities.  These use modern technology and ecology friendly systems. We are living in a world that is getting warmer and it is estimated that many of the world’s natural ski slopes will disappear over the next few decades. This will mean a greater demand for indoor skiing facilities and with forward planning this can be done without doing any harm to the already endangered environment. 
Having these facilities spread out at strategic points around Britain also means that people will travel far less, and this means savings in fuel and less carbon emissions.  As the engineers and designers learn more about creating indoor facilities, the possibilities foreseen for the future are huge indoor snow centres. These will incorporate snowboarding parks, with slopes that allow twists and turns with valleys and gullies.  The extreme sports enthusiasts will have specialised snow sport areas where they can indulge in the jumps, pipe riding and high velocity manoeuvres that are all part of their sport.  
The vision started twenty years ago.   We have the technology that has made it a reality. We are able to provide eco-friendly facilities and cater to the needs of people with the ever growing demand for recreational facilities that are accessible, without having to travel to far outlaying regions of the world. Indoor skiing is a definite trend for the future, and there is a vast scope for more innovative structures that cater to recreational as well as extreme indoor skiing.