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  • The repeat business has been unbelievable, tasters develop to plough II, plough II's develop to plough III and they develop up to basic swings and even parallels, on a nursery slope!
    – Steve Foulkes - Director Rossendale Ski Centre
  • I can see it's better just looking out of my window because people are learning quicker.
    – John Fleetham
    former Managing Director of Sheffield Ski Village
  • Snowflex has changed the future of the ski, and snowboard industry forever.
    – Drew Sherwood
    General Manager, Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, Lynchburg, VA
  • That's the brilliant thing about it, there is so much scope to give people different experiences.
    – John Larkin
    Founder & Ex-Chairman Kendal Ski Club
  • A final note to all would be developers, build a slope like this and people will visit - it's really that simple
    – Russ Shea, Document Snowboard
  • "Thank you Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre for the good times today. Can't wait to come back!!!"
    – Louie Vito
    American professional snowboarder, Olympian, Winter X Games and U.S. Grand Prix Champion.
  • We are very happy with our Snowflex summer tubing hill. It is attracting visitors from across the country!
    – Trueman E. Hoffmeister
    Center Director
    Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies
  • If Snowflex® had been available 12 years ago, I would have not bothered with snow. This is fantastic.
    – Cor Mollin, Proprietor of the Belgian Indoor Snow Centres
  • The key to the future of snowboarding is Snowflex. I mean you just wouldn’t dream of doing some of the things they are doing without Snowflex.
    – Adrian Cairns
    Photographer and Snowsports writer
  • Snowflex is a great place for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. It provides and safe and fun environment that is extremely affordable.
    – Drew Sherwood
    General Manager, Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, Lynchburg, VA
  • for the first time we have a safe, clean surface that people will come back to time and time again.
    – John Shedden
    Director of Coaching for the English Ski Council

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Does Snowflex® require special equipment?

No. Slope users are free to use the same equipment currently used in alpine environments.

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Does Snowflex® cause undue wear to skis and boards?

All synthetic materials will wear equipment more than snow; however Snowflex® is much friendlier to equipment than other synthetic surfaces. Skis & snowboards will do many more runs on Snowflex than on cheap, inferior surfaces before attention is needed. A Snowflex centre, just like mountain resorts, should be equipped with equipment to repair and maintain the bases of skis and snowboards.

Should end-users wish to use their own equipment it would be advisable that the bases be of good quality and hard wearing to make the most of the Snowflex experience.

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Will heavy frost or snow affect the BritonMist system?

The BritonMist system (as part of the Snowflex® system) can be engineered to deal with frost. The integral shock absorption layer also helps prevent mist pipes bursting. The BritonMist system is also installed in such a manner that surplus water in pipes can be drained down into the water tank at the end of everyday if need be, again reducing the potential for this happening.

The mist system should always be operational otherwise this could affect the snowsports equipment which will undoubtedly spoil the customer experience.

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Can you ski or snowboard on Snowflex® if it is covered with frost?

Should frost or ice form on a Snowflex® slope then, depending on the severity, it may have an effect on the users experience. However it should not prove to be too much of a problem for competent snowsporters.

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Can you ski or snowboard on Snowflex® if it is covered with snow?

Yes you can. But if the slope isn't groomed in some way and tracks formed by skis and boards are left to freeze then it might spoil the experience later on.

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Is Snowflex® safe to the environment?

Yes. Snowflex® is inert when installed.

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Can Snowflex® be installed and used in hot climates?

Yes. We have tested Snowflex® in the Middle East and our slopes in Noeux Les Mines and Lynchburg VA regularly operate in temperatures of 37°C to 43°C at the height of summer.

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Can we use slalom poles on Snowflex®?

Yes. Also see the features section.

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Can we have demarcation lines in Snowflex®?

Yes. Demarcation lines are ordinarily used to create teaching lanes on a nursery/bunny slope.

On a white slope we would use green Snowflex® demarcation lines and on a green slope we would use normal white Snowflex® as demarcation lines.

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Why does Snowflex® 'edge' better than any other material?

Snowflex® uses a strong, round section, extruded mono-filament, which has even distribution of the pile along the ski edge. It is dynamic and progressive, designed to be slippy at low edge set (like snow), but then biting harder as more force/angle is applied.

 

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Why is Snowflex® faster than other surface materials?

Snowflex® is manufactured from an extruded monofilament fibre to unprecedented exacting standards. In a continuous surface format the weight is spread over the full base of the ski/snowboard.

Snowflex® also has an integral misting system to lubricate the surface. The accurately designed mist system gives a particular droplet size, giving maximum effect with minimum water usage.  The Snowflex® surface has an open pile which should not trap dirt that causes a slope to dry and slow down.

Should a slope seem to run faster in the rain, then that would suggest that slope maintenance needs to be improved by the operator.