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Snow World in The Netherlands, which operates two indoor snow centres in the country, has decided to abandon its plans to construction of a new fourth slope in Zoetermeer, but will instead extend the existing third slope at the facility to a length of 300m.
Extending the slope means a much smaller impact on the local landscape with the slope area increasing by 3,000m² rather than by the 12,000sqm the proposed new slope would have added.
The leading Nert5herlands wintersports website Skiiinfo.nl reported that Snow World made its decision after restrictions imposed by the local municipal government, under pressure from nature and environmental organizations and local residents, meant building the fourth slope became unworkable. This was mostly due to the restrictions meaning very costly structural adjustments would be needed making the project too expensive to be viable in the current economic climate.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) have said that the extended 300m long piste will be able to stage FIS sanctioned events, just as Snow World’s other facility at Landgraaf has organised the FIS Snowboard World Cup for the past nine years.