QT dry slope terrain park world’s largest
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.
Co-owner Shane Longmans says you can ride at the dry slope terrain park in just shorts and a t-shirt.