Move over France, Austria, Norway and Finland - your status as Europe‘s top shred destinations and talent pools is about to face its biggest challenge yet - from south Wales.
Plans are afoot to build a massive artificial slope amongst the hills of the Afan Valley, as part of a wider outdoor activities resort. The year-round facility will feature three relatively long slopes of varying difficulty, as well as permanent park features.
“The plastic fantastic has played a significant role in developing world-class talent"
As much as we like dry slopes, picturesque they ain’t. However, if the plans for the Afan Valley Adventure Resort are followed through, then it’ll be doing its level best to bring an Alpine mountain feel to Wales. Slope-side chalets, a terrace bar overlooking the “piste", and even a heated chairlift. All you need is an ear-shredding oompah band and you’ll feel like you’re in Mayrhofen.
We’re only half-joking, of course. The plastic fantastic has played a significant role in developing world-class talent (Billy Morgan, Jamie Nicholls, Katie Ormerod, Will Smith) for years. Things have stagnated in recent years, so this could be just the jolt needed to bring on another generation of mat rats.
"All you need is an ear-shredding oompah band and you’ll feel like you’re in Mayrhofen"
Plus dry slopes have long been a more affordable alternative to the real stuff, even when compared to indoor ‘fridges’. If the owners don’t take the piss with pricing then it’s definitely an opportunity to get more people standing sideways that otherwise wouldn’t.
We’ve been here before - wasn’t there a slope planned for Cornwall recently? And London, while we’re at it? - but from the looks of things the developers aren’t messing around. We’ll keep an eye on this one, and with any luck we’ll soon be spamming the Insta-story from one of the chalet hot tubs.