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.