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Old 08-09-2014, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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From what I've heard, this is the longest indoor slope in the world. With that said, I was kind of disappointed. However, it is the middle of the summer, and I did get to go snowboarding, so it's not that bad.

The slope was alright. However, with it being an indoor slope, I got board with it as there was no diversity through the day. One thing that I noticed was as the day went on, more of the slope started turning to slush and ice. It was a bit tricky to go from watery slush, straight to ice, to machine made groomed snow.

The ride seemed pretty quick. The difficulty wasn't listed, but I would say at best a blue square, I don't think it got into black diamond territory at all.

Overall, I did have fun, and got a great deal for being the middle of summer. Got to cool off, snowboard, eat, drink, and have beer for cheap. The website had a special for 22.50 Euro for all you can eat, drink, rental, and 3 glasses of beer or wine. If we were in season, would this be my first choice? No. During the middle of the summer, is it a great way to test out some new equipment that you may have picked up, or dust off the cobwebs and keep from getting rusty? Absolutely.
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The price is amazing, I wonder how they can live with that... regardles, I don't get the concept of going indoors. Besides the "sliding on snow" part, snowboarding is being outdoors, fresh mtn air, sun, scenery... indoor skiing resembles to scuba dive in a swimmingpool. Yes, you're under water. But for what?

If you urgently need your snow fix in summer... Saas Fee opens mid Junly, Zermatt is open 365 days. Fresh air, high alpine scenery, and you ride a +/- decent slope
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The price is amazing, I wonder how they can live with that... regardles, I don't get the concept of going indoors. Besides the "sliding on snow" part, snowboarding is being outdoors, fresh mtn air, sun, scenery... indoor skiing resembles to scuba dive in a swimmingpool. Yes, you're under water. But for what?

If you urgently need your snow fix in summer... Saas Fee opens mid Junly, Zermatt is open 365 days. Fresh air, high alpine scenery, and you ride a +/- decent slope
That price does seem crazy low and impossible to sustain an operation like that.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Neni isn't their target audience. You know, world traveling heli boarding types Or for that, anyone who gets bored with anything easier than a low intermediate.

Though if you are really jonesing and just bought your new Jones at half price in July and it was staring at you in the corner or you kept rolling over onto it in bed maybe you'd want to take it for a quick whirl if it was close?
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22.50 Euro... for how long? Hey, even if it is for just an hour it's still a great deal given the food and drink that came along with it.
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That price does seem crazy low and impossible to sustain an operation like that.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Neni isn't their target audience. You know, world traveling heli boarding types Or for that, anyone who gets bored with anything easier than a low intermediate.

Though if you are really jonesing and just bought your new Jones at half price in July and it was staring at you in the corner or you kept rolling over onto it in bed maybe you'd want to take it for a quick whirl if it was close?
Hey, you're pointing at <1% of my riding days . The other 99%: ordinary weekend warrior craving for the cold days to come. Oh, and I had a new Ride staring at me all summer long last year.... still wouldn’t put a foot into such a indoor thing.
I get that I'm not the target audience. But I also don't get how anyone can. It's such a crippling of everything that makes snowboarding great. I don't get the "it's better than nothing" reasoning. Sure, I'm lucky to live in the mountains... that's why I mentioned the scuba diving. See, I absolutely love to scuba dive. My country has no ocean. Do I hop into a pool to dive? No. Cos it would be such a shitty better than nothing alternative, it is no alternative. Would I go to an artificial indoor reef if they'd build something like that? No. If you want to dive, go to a real reef. If you want to snowboard, go to a real mountain. There's a time and a place for everything.
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Sure, I'm lucky to live in the mountains... that's why I mentioned the scuba diving. See, I absolutely love to scuba dive. My country has no ocean. Do I hop into a pool to dive? No. Cos it would be such a shitty better than nothing alternative, it is no alternative. Would I go to an artificial indoor reef if they'd build something like that? No. If you want to dive, go to a real reef. If you want to snowboard, go to a real mountain. There's a time and a place for everything.
True, no indoor reef. But tons of people get their certifications done in pool for the exact reason you state. When you do make it to the ocean you want to go to that reef, not spend time in the ocean where there are no reefs getting certified.

Now for those of us who can make it out on a regular basis to the real outdoors it makes less sense. But if you're a one holiday a year person then it may make a little more sense based on your level, which I will admit is probably very quickly exceeded.

Plus, I just counted and I've only been 7 times. So I'd probably drive an hour to try it out and it'd still be fun. Next summer, probably not unless it was just to try a new board on.
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Supposedly they are finally opening an indoor center in the meadowlands in 2015. I'd take the hour drive to take the kids and myself for a little fun mid summer. I'm not hating on indoor places, sure they are not as challenging and as glorious as being outdoors. but to get the kids up to speed, and to allow my son a consistent place to work on nailing some of his tricks before the big mountains open. I think they have a place.
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Wow, okay, I didn't mean to start a heated debate! For the record, 10 AM to 5 PM. I had rental board, boots, and bindings. I had to sit out the last half of the season last season due to an injury (see my post in that thread), and really needed to get away. I wanted to do another assessment of my ability when 100%. From what a coach was saying, based on what I related to him, I'm an "Intermediate" boarder. I can get down the mountain safely.

As for the indoors part? It is what it is. I mean, I was able to progress, and keep my skills sharp. That way, when winter comes, I will be that much better prepared for the new season.
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Ha hardly heated (at least it wasnt intented to be). Just summer time BSing.
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