|SNOW XS, beyond the tunnel Vision
|Unlimited Snow in cooperation with LF Snow Concepts presents:|
|A multifunctional patented new generation indoor winter sport experience and leisure concept.|
|Present indoor snow domes are copies of each other, including several of the initial mistakes or shortcomings. No snow dome to date has applied more innovative and attractive slope designs. These snow domes do not offer a sufficiently complete range of facilities to remain interesting throughout the year, especially lacking an overall experience, such as a large variation in slopes, extensive theming and instant fun snow & ice amusement, required to successfully attract repeat visitors in the long term.
New development or the extension of existing projects, like large-scale retail/outlets, conference or other mixed use complexes, are searching for solutions and possibilities to generate new visitors or increase their number of visitors, by offering exclusive distinctions and experiences. Adding sportive, educational, leisure and entertainment facilities will create added value to these projects. Integrated mixed use ‘destinations’ are capable of attracting more visitors of all ages and will increase the visitor stay. This will provide a better/higher output yield for potential investors.
The patented butterfly shaped snow dome “Snow XS” efficiently integrates and accommodates a complete winter sport experience with all different kinds of facilities underneath the snow floor surface. Characteristics Oval - Covered - Bowl shaped - 3Dimensional - Asymmetrical – Realistic
The core of this new concept is a new generation and patented design for a (partly) ‘bowl’ shaped Snow dome. This typical ‘butterfly’ shape enables, dependent of the chosen routes, extremely versatile and sufficiently challenging descents for a large range of skier levels. This concept is totally different from all present, 'straight’, and rather dull existing ‘old’ generation snow domes, characterised by their 'tube/tunnel shape'.
This new concept truly simulates the real situation in the mountains and provides a real complete winter sports experience.
|Depending on the available space at the location, different snow dome shapes are possible. If there is enough space the efficient, challenging ‘butterfly’ concept is the best, innovative, patented and most spectacular snow dome option worldwide! Building snow domes against mountains or hills, in colemines or valleys can also be opportunities. Concepts can be customised to fit any location.
|Most occurring technical and layout disadvantages of present Indoor snow domes
•The 'straight’ shaped slopes with delimited walls provide little movement space to both sides. Skiers and snowboarders are ‘obliged’ to descend between two walls.
•The safety becomes an issue for the skiers and snowboarders because there are no escape possibilities to either side. Beginners make large and slow turns while advanced skiers make fast and short turns on the same, narrow slopes.
•The comparatively short, descent and minimum slope gradient becomes boring after a number of repetitive descents.
•Due to the increased winter sports interest long queues of skiers arise especially at the ski lifts, but also even on the top of the slopes. Skiers and snowboarders are waiting for each other to descent. For instance it may take 90 seconds to the top, 15 seconds to descent and 8 minutes waiting time at the ski lifts!
• Snow surfaces are not used effectively. Skiers and snowboarders will not descent close to ski lifts because of danger. This results in a narrow passage and as snow slides to both sides, ice is formed in the middle of the slope and safety decreases.
• The number of descents (for instance during ski lessons) per hour for skiers and snowboarders are not in proportion to quality and the relatively high entry price.
•Spectators mostly do not have a good, if any, view of the ski slope from ‘valley’ to the top. In all snow domes the food and beverage area at the bottom is too narrow due the straight ‘tunnel’ shape of the snow dome.
• A large number of visitors make use of ski lessons. Therefore it is essential that ‘pupils’ have safe and sufficiently wide practice slopes.
• Often the practice slopes for kids are to narrow and dangerous. As these target groups account for the largest numbers, they do not receive the important required attention. A large separate snow play area in new generation snow domes is a must!
• By missing essential, attractive and supplementary facilities most of the present snow domes do not make full use of the revenue potential. The new generation snow domes also offer instant snow and ice leisure, apartments, hotel, retail, conference, wellness/fitness and additional leisure and (summer) sport activities. This provides interesting synergies and overflow capability and an increase of visitors for all integrated facilities year round.
|Snow XS characteristics and advantages:|
|Variety. Blue, red and black runs for beginners and experts smoothly blend into one another and the runs are not separated by structures. There is no time wasted by walking to another building and continue skiing or snowboarding at another level. A variety of different slopes with different gradients is offered under one roof. Skiers and snowboarders can make their own, clear choices and different routes to descent. This situation is almost equal to a real mountain experience and will significantly stimulate repeat visitors from the first steps to becoming high level competitors.|
|Perception and emotion. Emotions arise because the skiers and snowboarders imagine they really are in the mountains. This experience provides a 360 degrees experience. Essential are the details and finishing touch of winter (sports) theming. Visitors are beamed in to a virtual Alpine world, while all present snow domes around the world are dull steel structures or boxes with snow inside.|
|Movement space. Because of the wide range of slopes, beginners to experts can easily cross over from slope to slope. Many beginners, the largest target group, can descent safe and make optimal use of wide and flat slopes. Meanwhile the intermediates and experts can make use of the steeper and more challenging slopes without getting in each others way.|
|Capacity and waiting periods. The shape, space and division of slopes and ski lifts enables an efficient use of the entire snow surface. The waiting periods at the ski lifts will decrease considerably compared to the present snow domes. In all snow domes the ski lifts start at the bottom of the slopes. In many existing situations a large crowd is waiting at the ski lifts, to get them to the top. This way visitors are getting the idea of ‘high prices, low quality and quantity’. In the new generation ‘butterfly’ shaped snow dome, the ski lifts can be placed in different locations. Some ski lifts are moving conveyer belts placed on the outside edge for beginners, or tow lifts start at the middle of the slope only for the ‘fun park’ and half pipe. This situation will increase the numbers of skiers and snowboarders and will give a high repetition of descents.|
|Safety. All the above mentioned advantages jointly promote safety. Accidents will decrease because the skiers and snowboarders always have a choice and chance to ‘escape’ to an easy slope, even when beginners are standing on the top of the mountain!|
|Multiple space use of ground surface and property. Due to the 'bowl' construction, new operational space is created, which can be used for other facilities, underneath the snow floor surface. In this situation the ground surface can efficiently be used for parking, hotel, apartments, shopping malls, music hall, skating rinks or other leisure and entertainment facilities. Visitors to the multifunctional ski resort can quickly reach the desired location. From the parking area (underneath the snow floor surface) it only is a short distance or walk to the entrance of the ski area. Also the distance between shopping mall and other facilities is organised efficiently.|
|'There is a need for a higher, longer, faster, more complete, challenging and
adventurous multi functional concept where visitors will stay longer'
|‘A destination for Living, Leisure, Sporting, Shopping & Entertainment…’|
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