Norwegians sure love spending time in the snow. And while the ski season is long, there still comes a day when the snow has melted. Enter Snø: the world’s largest indoor snow park is currently being built in Løreskog, near Oslo. Here’s what you need to know in anticipation of its opening in 2020.
A stone’s (or perhaps more fittingly, a snowball’s) throw from Lørenskog Station, Snø will be one of the world’s largest indoor snow arenas and, according to the team behind the project, the world’s most beautiful too. The facility is being built to cater to both professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts who don’t want to get rusty in between ski seasons when Norway’s many ski resorts are closed.
Imagine a place where you can experience all the perks of your favorite winter wonderland, 365 days a year. A place where both kids and grown ups can spend endless hours playing and training at their favorite winter sports. A meeting place the size of a city, where you can do anything from gaze at the Northern Lights (on a screen, at least) to celebrate with friends or spend the night. These are just some of the things Snø promises.
Snø will cover an area of 40,000 square meters. An adventure center for all snow-lovers, Snø will combine winter sports facilities with a winter academy and a business center containing restaurants, hotels, shops and apartments. There will be four alpine skiing slopes, the longest of them, 520 meters (making it the world’s fifth longest). There will also be lifts, two kilometers of cross-country skiing facilities and hundreds of square meters to just relax and have fun in. This sounds like the kind of facilities you’d find somewhere remote, but Snø’s location in Løreskog will make it a 20-minute train ride from Oslo, adding to the Norwegian capital’s list of ski destinations you can take the train to. Just remember to dress accordingly, as the temperature will be kept at minus two Celsius at all times.
The preparatory work for the construction of Snø is already under way with an opening slated for January 2020. Until then, you can check their website where they’re counting down the days until the opening.