Inside Big Snow, North America's first indoor ski area
Sport and Outdoors
This place has been years in the making.
We're headed up to Big Snow, it is the first indoor ski area in the western hemisphere.
There's of course the Dubai indoor ski area which everyone seems to know about, but this is the first in North America.
This is pretty much brand new, it all started this year.
This is the grand opening At Big Snow as I said [INAUDIBLE] in the making
Now [INAUDIBLE] ball is usually here at Big Snow but he is today
So we just got our wristbands we're about to head in this is kind of because the [UNKNOWN] area for real God love but a couple things to know about this place.
It's it's warm out here Feels about 70 degrees out here but in there, it's constantly 28 degrees.
They make 5500 tons of snow and there's a average depth of two feet.
So that's constant.
We're gonna go check it out.
A couple of other things to know as I said, this is the first indoor scare in North America.
Another interesting fact is this snow actually gets recycled it, whatever melts away then gets used again and they make more snow out of that water.
So it's a closed system.
It's 106 feet high and then about four acres of scalable terrain.
There's a couple of different levels, the hips, some areas for beginners.
A little bit harder areas there it goes to about a 25 degree pitch at one point and it's got a few different ski lifts.
Some of them are magic carpets but it's listed as four ski lifts, but it's really just one main lift.
260 feet vertical To make the snow good and it does feel good.
It's not wet, it's not, I wouldn't say it's total powdery fluffy snow, but it has a nice texture to it and we'll see how it skis in a minute.
We have snow making system that is actually unique to indoor skiing and snowboarding.
So we have little nozzles that we take high pressured water.
It's just water.
A lot of people think that there is something special about the snow here like it's different or stake snow.
It's actually a real snow.
So, right now you're standing in 28 degrees.
While we make snow we take it down to about 25 degrees.
And then we just introduce water under high pressure through a nozzle that then breaks up the water just like it would have a cloud, it missed out.
And as it falls from the ceiling here, it turns into snow just like water In cold temperatures would outside and one of the challenges that we've worked through and that's what makes this snow system unique is we have dampers to take humidity out, because even if it's cold and it's really humid, you can't make snow.
We are going on a very slow chairlift 16 stories, I guess that's about 160 feet terrain park for snowboarders.
The top has apparently a 26 degree pitch which is essentially what you get on an intermediate slope, the blue rung.
So, not too shabby.
Go to resorts, a lot of them will spend all day in the park.
And so having one indoors that's free from the elements, you know, the consistency and the accessibility that this is going to lend itself to.
I mean Being a little kid here growing up and being able to come here whenever you want.
This is my first time at an indoor ski dome and it's I'm actually my mind is completely blown I had a great time the snow quality is so good.
It's just amazing to think about the accessibility that this will create for us.
So that's it.
I survived a day on a small slopes of big snow.
All the way a pretty cool experience.
The weather is very predictable here, 28 degrees all the time.
And this is open during the summer, so even if its 90 degrees outside, you can come in doors in ski that's the same conditions all the time.
So it's definitely worth checking out and experience that everyone should do at least once.
I'm David Carnac for cnet.com .Thanks for watching.
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