“This is more than a ski centre. We are going to build a hotel, apartments, a winter academy, and shops. It will be a destination,” Kjetil Fladmark-Larsen, chief executive of Lorensburg Winter Park, told Norway's TV2 broadcaster, as the parent company, Selvaag Group, gave the project the green light.
“On 9 September 2015, the green light was given to start construction of Skihallen,” Selvaag said on its website Skilhallen.no. “After four years of superior engineering and planning we will work together with the architects firm Snøhetta to produce details plans and drawings.”
The six-story building will contain 36,000 square meters of snow, and a slope 505 meters long and more than 100 meters wide. The slope will have five different ski lifts, three different runs and a capacity for 5,000 skiers an hour.
The centre will also house an indoor cross-country ski track, where 1,000 people will be able to ski at once.
Construction will start before the end of this year.
“We're moving the snow to town – all year round,” Fladmark-Larsen told TV2. “We will build cross-country skiing on the third floor, and a big jump and downhill slope. Children and young people will be able to combine skiing and school. This is the future training centre for winter sports athletes.”
Snowworld, near the city of Aachen in The Netherlands, currently claims to be the world's largest indoor ski slope, with 35,000 square metres of snow.
Dubai holds the record for the longest indoor run, with the Mall of the Emirates boasting a 400 metre slope, although the city plans to eclipse its own record, building a 1.2km slope by 2020.
Selvaag Group, founded by Olav Selvaag in 1936 built tens of thousands of homes in Oslo in the 1950s and 1960s pioneering mass producing homes using lightweight timber frames.