Open-air skiing all year round, and all that in the middle of a city? That has shortly been made possible in Copenhagen. On the roof of a power plant, 'CopenHill' attracts keen skiers. Instead of (artificial) snow, the Danish capital banks on silicone-coated plastic bristles. According to the operators, it is the highest artificial open-air ski hill in the world, and could become a new landmark for the city.
“A Ride Like On Firm Snow”
The 450m/220yd run is located approximately 10 minutes outside the city centre, and winds down the roof of the 85m/278ft building, over the facade, down to the ground. “Despite the unusual green sight, the slope allows for a ride like on firm snow”, says Christian Ingels, CEO of CopenHill, the company operating the ski facility at Copenhagen's harbour quarter.
CopenHill not only features slope areas of all difficulty levels, but also boasts a freestyle park as well as a ski shop with rentals. Furthermore, the creators included a peak restaurant, hiking trails between spruces and meadows as well as a more than 85m/278ft high climbing wall. Hence, even non-skiers will find something to do.
“We want to be the place where families spend their weekends, where friends come together to have fun, and where students spend their time outdoors. In short: the place, where Copenhageners come to relax and exercise”, Ingels says.
But they also want to cater to skiers who want to go on a trip into the snow shortly after: “The idea is for Danes to warm up on CopenHill, before they go skiing in the Alps.”
Holiday Region Lenzerheide As a Partner
The highest artificial open-air hill in the world partners with the Swiss holiday region Lenzerheide. Head of tourism Bruno Fläcklin thinks CopenHill the perfect place to target new visitors for Arosa Lenzerheide. “For a few years now, we have been actively banking on the Scandinavian market. Due to their affinity for sports, the independence of the euro, and the high average income, Scandinavians are an exciting target group for us”, Fläcking states. “In CopenHill we found a partner who shares our philosophy and love of winter sports, and actively markets Arosa Lenzerheide on-site.”