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Indoor Skiing Makes Landfall in Jersey

17th May 2016 | James Robles

News Regions: New Jersey, Northeast

American Dream Meadowlands  - ©By Brad Miller Millertime83 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

American Dream Meadowlands is still under construction and will house Big SNOW.

Copyright: By Brad Miller Millertime83 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Coming off one of the most dismal winters the East Coast has experienced in recent history, it could be seen as fortuitous that North America’s first year-round indoor ski center is currently under construction in New Jersey. Big SNOW ski center will be a feature attraction at the American Dream Meadowlands mega mall (still under construction itself), alongside some 400 retailers, movie theaters, water park, mini-golf course, amusement park and much more. The ski center is nearly complete and functional aside from snowmaking capabilities. Triple Five, the resort developer, has yet to announce an opening date as they work to complete construction on the other entertainment options offered at the mall. 

Terrain

Big SNOW will offer approximately 120 feet of skiable vertical from their 12-story high summit. The ski and ride facility spans 180,000 square feet and will be surrounded by a variety of alpine retail shops dubbed “The Shops @ Big SNOW.” In addition, guests will have access to equipment rentals, ski chalet and après lounge. Visitors will have two runs to choose from, via one high-speed lift, two magic carpets and a poma lift. So, how’s the snow? Well, manmade if you hadn’t already guessed; snowmaking is currently planned to take place each night along with regular grooming operations.

Big SNOW will span 180,000 square feet and offer 120 feet of vert.  - ©Snow Operating

Big SNOW will span 180,000 square feet and offer 120 feet of vert.

Copyright: Snow Operating

Indoor skiing and riding is nothing new abroad, with multiple resorts popping up in countries like China, Japan, Dubai and Holland. Although a short list of indoor ski areas have been proposed stateside (including locations in Las Vegas and North Carolina) nothing has materialized until now, with Big SNOW'S big arrival. Big SNOW'S location at the intersection of three major highways that service over 100 million vehicles annually should make lift tickets to the resort in high demand (although lift ticket prices have yet to be set). How indoor skiing will progress westward from New Jersey is anybody’s guess, but regardless, Big SNOW has put the U.S. on the global map for indoor skiing.

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