Even with its impressive skiing, Switzerland is somewhat limited for ski terrain in the summer. Additionally many visitors prepare for their annual visit by getting ski fit on artificial slopes, so Londoners will be pleased to hear that, in the tradition of the long-gone Beckton Alps, East London will once again be home to winter sports all year long.
Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, unveiled plans last week for a £200 million snow dome near the site of the Olympic Village, double the size of any other indoor ski centre in the country and comparable with in size to the Ski Dubai facility in the United Arab Emirates. The centre will have 20,000 square metres of “real” piste, with the longest runs at 300 metres. In addition to the pistes, there will be snowboard ramps, toboggan runs, an ice-skating rink and snow-play zones for children.
Westfield Stratford City will submit the planning application to London Legacy Development Corporation in the next few weeks. The site will be located next to the company’s retail centre in east London. Shops, hotels and restaurants will also form part of the application.
The centre is expected to be open by 2015.