Virginia Indoor Snow Centre Gets Another Green Light

A proposed indoor snow centre, Fairfax Peak, planned for a site in Northern Virginia has been given the latest green light it requires to proceed from officials at the local Fairfax County authority.

The project, first announced nearly two years ago in June 2019, envisages a 520 metre (1700 feet) long indoor snow slope built on a 489-acre county-owned former landfill site.

The complex is planned as a public-private partnership by developer Alpine-X and would also include a 100-room hotel, sky bar, restaurants and a nursery slope.

Addressing environmental concerns that had been concerned, Alpine-X says it will work with a private waste-to-energy plant to capture and re-use steam as well as adding solar energy.

There are currently two indoor snow centres in North America, Big Snow in Nerw Jersey and the tubing-only Pigeonforge Snow in Tennessee.  The $200m Fairfax Peak complex would include the longest indoor ski slope in North America to date, and also one of the 10 longest in the world.

If plans continue to progress it’s currently hoped construction will get in 2023 and the centre open to the public in 2024.