This article has far more details about what Snow Operating intends to offer than I've ever seen before. The initial video training reminds me of what I've done at a zipline course. It was a course that used a full-body harness so even my relatives who are not adventurous at all were willing to give it a try.
“We’re trying to be the conduit that introduces hundreds of thousands of people to the mountain lifestyle,” Reynolds said [Snow Operating VP Marketing & Sales].
The ski park will be kept at 28 degrees and contain real snow, he said.
Visitors will enter and exit it through a 5,000 square foot retail store. There will be a public lounge where parents can watch their children ski and the slope will be visible from neighboring restaurants -- a coffee shop, an ale house, and Lucky Strike bowling, he said.
Among the experiences that Big SNOW will sell are the 2-hour introductory session where visitors are outfitted in snow pants, a jacket, hat, gloves, a helmet, boots, and either skis and poles or a snowboard. This package also includes a complimentary lesson. More experienced skiers can go for the 4-hour ski pass.
Passes are sold based on time and in 15-minute blocks because Big SNOW will have a fixed capacity of 500 people per hour on the slope.
Visitors will be ushered into a gondola car (it looks like a tram car at a ski resort out west) that’s actually a video room. After watching a video they will exit into the rental area to get outerwear and equipment.
They started building it late 2004. I moved out of Manhattan 2005 and started taking the train into Manhattan for work and I rode by it every day for years on the train. What is funny about this time frame is out the other side of the train there was a dump clean up/golf project called Encap that eventually ended up with Trump. That project failed.
I have to remember to download the Xanadu soundtrack before I go so I can listen to some Olivia Newton John
Check out the HBO mini-series Olive Kitteridge with its excellent Martha Wainright solo cover that transforms ONJ's cheeseball "Magic" into a poignant dirge. I'm wondering if there are other songs of hers that could be rescued.
Dear lord, when did construction on that thing start? 2005 or so?
The building dates back to the doomed Xanadu development. The current developer is Triple Five. Got interested in 2011 but didn't get full control until 2013. Triple Five developed, owns, and operates the Mall of America and another giant mall and theme park in Calgary.
Don't remember when Snow Operating got on board to operate Big SNOW. They pretty much inherited the design for the slope the contains the slope. Snow Operating will use Terrain Based Learning (TM) features, which is a key component of their consulting business for ski schools at resorts like Killington and Snowshoe. Snow Operating took over operations for Mountain Creek a few years ago. The co-founders of Snow Operating used to run Mountain Creek before leaving to start up the new venture around 2012. Apparently Eric Lipton, a member of the PSIAA National Alpine Team, has become COO. Joe Hession remains Pres. and CEO. He was GM at Mountain Creek.
i can say with 100% certainty that I will never set foot in that place.
That just looks depressing
It is depressing. But, who knows, it's northern NJ. Could be a hit.
I lived and worked near that thing in '08. That was depressing. I think it was failed Xanadu at that point. Fat Christie bailed that mall out of bankruptcy. I called it the mall that was too big to fail. Just what NJ needed, especially a few miles from Paramus. Another mall. With skiing, mind you.