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Plans for a new €430m Euro leisure complex incorporating an artificial surface slope proposed for Dundalk in Ireland is reported to be progressing through the country’s planning process.
The Altitude Project proposes a multi-leisure-activity facility and is being promoted by locally-based Innovative Leisure Systems with its ski slope to be supplied by British form Briton Engineering, the company behind Snowflex.
The facility would include a large indoor watersports-themed leisure dome, a concert area, cinema and bowling complex.
The large ski slope would be built on a specially constructed ramp.
There would also be a large hotel and at a later point in the development, a casino.
Plans have already been submitted but because there is no precedence of such a development in Ireland it is now in the final stages of planning and going through a body called Bord Pleanála with a decision from them reportedly imminent.
Currently the only year-round ski slope in Ireland is an ageing main 320m long run operated by the Ski Club of Ireland at Kilternan in south Dublin, plus two new nursery slopes again installed by Briton Engineering, in 2011 and in Northern Ireland a 150m slope at Craigavon, County Lurgan.
Dundalk is located mid-way between Northern Irish capital Belfast, 50 miles to the north and 83km (62 miles) by motorway from Dublin to the south.