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A final note to all would be developers, build a slope like this and people will visit - it's really that simple
"Thank you Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre for the good times today. Can't wait to come back!!!"American professional snowboarder, Olympian, Winter X Games and U.S. Grand Prix Champion.
I can see it's better just looking out of my window because people are learning quicker.former Managing Director of Sheffield Ski Village
Snowflex is a great place for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. It provides and safe and fun environment that is extremely affordable.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.Founder & Ex-Chairman Kendal Ski Club
for the first time we have a safe, clean surface that people will come back to time and time again.Director of Coaching for the English Ski Council
The Snowflex tubing Hill is a lot of fun! Everyone we've had visit, has left with a smile on their face.
We are extremely pleased with the outcome.Owner Wolfe Mountain Tubing Slope, Branson, Missouri, USA
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!
If Snowflex® had been available 12 years ago, I would have not bothered with snow. This is fantastic.
We are very happy with our Snowflex summer tubing hill. It is attracting visitors from across the country!Center Director
Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies
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.Photographer and Snowsports writer
Snowflex has changed the future of the ski, and snowboard industry forever.General Manager, Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, Lynchburg, VA
No. Slope users are free to use the same equipment currently used in alpine environments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Snowflex® is inert when installed.
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.
Yes. Also see the features section.
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.
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.
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.