QT dry slope ter­rain park world’s largest

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORTING HIGHLIGHTS -

Queen­stown has long had world class ski re­sorts, and it now has the world’s largest in­door dry slope ter­rain park.

The 600sqm Pow­derPak in­door ter­rain park in Frank­ton has a view of the Re­mark­ables, but that is as close as it gets to real snow.

How­ever, just like the Re­mark­ables ski field it fea­tures jumps, rails and an in­flat­able airbag for skiers and snow­board­ers.

Orig­i­nally from Ade­laide, Shane Long­mans, who started the busi­ness with Shaun Leath­ley, said Queen­stown ath­letes needed the in­doors fa­cil­ity to prac­tice all year round.

‘‘The weather here is so un­pre­dictable. On grey, bad weather days you can just come in here.

‘‘All the skiers and snow­board­ers are here in town,’’ Long­mans said.

The busi­ness, which opened a month ago, is larger than any other sim­i­lar in­door dry slop ter­rain park in the world.

The sec­ond largest is in Canada and is about 480sqm.

Long­mans and Leath­ley have back­grounds in weld­ing and car­pen­try, so de­signed and built the park them­selves.

The dry slope, which looks like a car­pet, gets con­di­tioned with wa­ter and dish­wash­ing liq­uid to keep the slopes slip­pery.

To soften up the land­ings and falls, the slope has a 40cm un­der­lay of foam.

The 25m slope has two 4m jumps and a 7m jump. The owner is hop­ing skiers and snow­board­ers will use it at the same time.

The tem­per­a­ture in­side de­pends on the tem­per­a­ture out­doors.

On a warm day ath­letes can ride in shorts and a t-shirt.

‘‘We’ve had one guy in just shorts with no top, but gen­er­ally we are try­ing to rec­om­mend to wear some sort of cloth­ing,’’ Long­mans laughed.

DASHA KUPRIENKO

Co-owner Shane Long­mans says you can ride at the dry slope ter­rain park in just shorts and a t-shirt.

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