C. F. Møller’s Julian Weyer clarifies in an email:
By ‘the most complete’ we mean it has the most facilities (downhill/ nordic/ biathlon/ snowpark and more) AND is the largest (to our knowledge) and thus the only World-Cup sized indoor slope. This… means that it can be both an attractive leisure facility and a serious training ground for national winter sports teams.
So there you have it: An indoor winter wonderland that could out-Dubai Dubai. Which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in Sweden. Don’t they have enough real snow?
Apparently not. According to C. F. Møller’s website, “The idea for the Skipark 360° in Bålsta–45 minutes outside of Stockholm–came about as this proud skiing nation has experienced reduced snowfall in the last couple of years.” Thanks, global warming! The good news: C. F. Møller is taking care to ensure that Skipark 360° doesn’t exacerbate the effects of the very phenomenon that necessitated a fake slope in the first place. The goal is to make the park entirely self-sufficient, with renewable energy from geothermal wells, solar panels, wind turbines, and hydropower. Construction is expected to start in 2013 or 2014.
[Images courtesy of C. F. Møller]