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.”
UPDATE: One skier who was recovered from the slide debris died Thursday evening in a Taos hospital. The other remains in critical condition in an Albuquerque hospital. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims. An avalanche buried several skiers at New Mexico’s Taos Ski Resort Thursday morning. According to the Taos News, the slide occurred in the K3 chute off the resort’s famed Kachina Peak. Two male skiers were extracted from the debris, revived using
Thanks to an atmospheric river sitting on top of California, the Sierra received a considerable amount of new snow. Turns out lots of snow isn’t always good news, that is if you own a private jet. According to the Sacramento Bee, fresh snow piled on the back of a Cessna Citation X jet at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Wednesday, ultimately tipping it on its tail. Well, there’s a reason why its called “Sierra Cement”. At least conditions look much better in the mountains, with resorts
Two British hikers were rescued in extremely steep terrain in Yosemite early Wednesday morning, just as heavy snowfall was materializing. According to rescue reports, the two hiked up the Yosemite Falls trail, planned to descend the Snow Creek Trail, but got lost around snowline and accidentally started descending a steep dead-end gully as darkness fell. RELATED: 1 Dead, 1 Critically Injured in Taos Inbounds Avalanche Luckily, they were able to place a 911 call, and Yosemite Search and