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First Indoor Ski Area in the Americas to Open in New Jersey

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.” 

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stash member Kirsten Forrester

Digital Content Coordinator for Teton Gravity Research.

If it works, it’ll be so dang crowded and you know what happens to lift ticket prices then? Yup. Through the roof.

Not quite true about the “Western Hemisphere”.

That runs from the Grenwich Meridian Westwards to the Antimeridian.

And there are at six indoor snow slopes in the UK, all of them to the West of that line

    You have a point Mr. Heney. You are also correct.
    Oh, you do realize they aren’t teaching world geography in our liberal blooded, progressive leaning schools don’t you. “Is it any wonder?”

Quite the beneficial use of energy, eh?  How much power will be needed to refrigerate, light, make snow, etc?  Ohhh the carbon footprint!!!  Think about the children!!!!