American Dream New Jersey announced that it will be opening the Western Hemisphere’s first indoor ski area – Big SNOW America – in March of next year.
At 16 stories high, 180,000 square feet, and open 365 days a year, it will feature an 800-foot ski slope as well as an ice-climbing wall. Surrounding it will be “The Shops @ Big SNOW,” a variety of alpine related retail shops, such as equipment rentals, après bars, and outerwear.
The ski area will be just one part of a $5 billion dollar megamall owned by the Triple Five Group, American Dream Meadowlands. Due to its prime tri-state location – which is less than 22 miles away from LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark international airports – the mall is projecting it will receive 40 million annual visits. “It should become the preeminent tourist attraction, not just in New York, but in all of North America,” said Don Ghermezian, whose family owns Triple Five, to The Observer.
As for what the skiing will actually be like? Who knows. The VP of marketing for SNOW Operating, Hugh Reynolds, tells New Jersey Family that, “Because our center will stay at a consistent temperature and we have the ability to control the humidity of the air, snow quality within the center will be very good. Similar to a cold, crisp day of outdoor skiing. The kind when the snow squeaks under your feet.”
In a continuation of what has already been a tragic week in the outdoor-sports world, Parks Canada is reporting that a trio of climbers are missing and presumed dead following an avalanche on Howse Peak. The peak lies near the border between BC and Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. “Parks Canada visitor safety specialists immediately responded by air and observed signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment. Based on the assessment of the scene, all three members of
Johnson and his wife face up to 24 years in prison if convicted. Aspen PD photo. Derek Johnson, a former Aspen City Councilman and mayoral candidate, stands accused of stealing over two million dollars worth of skis, snowboards, and other goods. According to The Aspen Times, the alleged thefts occurred over Johnson's 17-year tenure as an executive at Aspen Skiing Co. Related: Walmart Just Launched a Proper Mountain Bike Johnson's alleged methods were documented in an arrest warrant affidavit
With an unprecedentedly snowy winter in Colorado, avalanche mitigation was more essential than ever to keep Coloradan skiers/snowboarders, drivers, and residents safe. According to KDVR, CDOT used 1,500 ordinances this winter and were forced to mitigate zones they haven't touched in decades. However, there is growing concern around the devices that failed to detonate and were labeled as “duds”. RELATED: Aspen City Councilman Allegedly Stole Rental Gear Worth $2.4 Million Approximately 22 of