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Patrick Thorne

12 Jul 19

Ski Slope On New Danish Green Energy Power Plant Names 4th October as Opening Day

Patrick Thorne

12 Jul 19

A new dry ski slope that runs down the roof of a giant waste-to-energy ‘green’ power plant near Copenhagen in Denmark has named October 4th 2019 as their target opening date.

The centre’s operators say that the Amager Bakke power plant, “has become part of the city” and that they plan a three-day party with sports activities, competitions, celebrations and concerts all with, “a focus on showing what the city’s new mountain sports mecca offers.”

The delay in opening the slope, now named CopenHill, which has had worldwide publicity since it was first publicised as a concept more than seven years ago, and appeared to be largely complete more than six months ago, had been puzzling observers.

However it recently emerged in reports from Danish media that Danish law prevents any public meeting facility to be built above a boiler or similar facility, and the slope’s operators have had to seek exemption from this rule.  Test operation of the slope earlier this year have only happened on days when the power plant hasn’t been operating, according to the reports.

In a statement issued today, CopenHill named the planned opening date, but hinted the slope might open sooner if permits were granted ahead of October.

“If everything goes smoothly with tests and documentation is in place before 4 October, we will stage our official opening. When everything is in place we will open with a pre-opening phase with activities at the facility.”

The statement went on to say that they expected the centre to start taking bookings for slopetime next month (August) but warned that,

“In order for everyone to have a good experience, there will always be a limitation on the number of simultaneous skiers on the ski slope. It is recommended that you book your ski time in advance not just arrive at the slope in vain.”