Ski resorts, much like everything else on the planet, have been going through it. The climate emergency means shorter, warmer winters, with snowfall growing more irregular. This would cause any resort existential and financial distress, unless of course that resort functioned entirely independent of climate and weather. Big Snow is such a resort.
In December, Big Snow opened for business at American Dream, the mega-mall complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It’s the only indoor snow dome of its kind in North America. It holds steady at 28 degrees Fahrenheit, no matter the season. It produces its own snow -- nearly 4.5 tons of it per hour. It is, in other words, not of nature.
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The resort spans features four runs and a 16-story slope, and can accomodate as many as 500 people at a time. Big Snow is designed to appeal to everyone from first-time skiiers and boarders to Olympic athletes -- slopes range from a 3% grade up to 26%, and the freestyle terrain park has a learning area for beginners. The facility has four separate lifts (including two Magic Carpet lifts for those of you just getting your ski legs). And it’s open daily, year-round, making good on its slogan that “every day is a snow day.”