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Cornwall will see the thrills of the recent Winter Olympics on a permanent basis, if plans for the county's first ski slope get the green light.


Winterpark Cornwall plans to be a five star, multi-activity, dry ski slope and year-round visitor attraction at Kestle Mill, just outside Newquay.

skier doing an air

The four slopes will be built with state-of-the-art materials and will cater for skiers and boarders of all capabilities and ages. 

There will be a 180 metre long main slope and 60 metre beginners' slope as well as an innovative half pipe, which will be one of only two in the UK.  There will also be a moguls run for experts, a freeride play park with jumps, slides, banks and kickers and two lifts that will transport skiers and boarders to the top of the hill. 

A sprinkler system using recycled water will provide speed and glide on the revolutionary SnowFlex slope and floodlighting using specially designed low level downlighters will ensure users can ski and board at all times of the year.  

"If it wasn't for dry slope I wouldn't be here now doing what I am doing."
Dan Wakeman - Pro Snowboarder

Former Vice President of the English Ski Council Chris O'Connell said: "Freestyle skiing and snowboarding are growing massively year-on-year.  Cornwall already has an abundance of untapped natural talent and one of the highest percentages of people who participate in 'balance' sports such as surfing and skateboarding. It's definitely time that they, and visitors to the county, are able to add skiing and snowboarding to their regular sporting activities."

Dan Wakeman, fresh from being the first British male to compete in the Snowboard events at the Winter Olympics in Turin, said: "I think that it is great that they have plans to build a new slope in the Westcountry as my true roots are in dry slope boarding.  If it wasn't for dry slope I wouldn't be here now doing what I am doing."

Winterpark Cornwall, depending on funding and planning, is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2007. 

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