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Norway is Building the World's Largest Indoor Ski Area

The go ahead was recently given to begin construction on the world's largest indoor ski resort, Skihallen, to be located just outside of Oslo, Norway, with 387,500 square feet of snow, Skihallen take the title away from Snowworld in the Netherlands. According to Norway's The Local, Skihallen has been engineered as a six-story building offering five ski lifts, three different runs, freestyle jumps and an indoor cross-country ski track. TV2 reports that Skihallen will also include hotels, apartments, shops and a winter academy surrounding the slopes.

The slopes are expected to meet a capacity of 5,000 skiers per hour, while the cross country ski terrain will accommodate 1,000 skiers at once. Skihallen collaborated with the Norwegian Ski Federation freeski team to design the terrain park for freeskiers and snowboarders. They project's backers have even expressed interest in one day hosting the X Games, a goal that seems even closer with the recent announcement of X Games Oslo this winter. The ski hall is expected to open in 2018, and construction is currently underway — this isn't just another hopeful announcement, it's really happening.

· Skihallen [Official Site]
· Norway to Build World's Biggest Indoor Ski Center [Unofficial Networks]
· Norway kicks off world's largest indoor ski centre [thelocal.no]
· Hot, Dry Oman Wants to Build an Indoor Snow Village [Curbed Ski]
· Dubai Tower Plans World's Longest Indoor Ski Slope [Curbed Ski]