The brainchild of former Snowsports England Vice-President Chris O’Connell, Proslope utilises a unique patented multi-height bristle system that makes for deeper and faster dry slope turns in addition to new levels of durability and cushioning, ensuring that even the hardest falls are hazard-free.
The first phase of the £350,000 installation of Proslope at Snowtrax is now complete and open to the public with the remaining areas set to be resurfaced in the coming months. Several top snow sports brand teams are set to trial the Proslope during autumn 2011 and the use of Proslope will soon be expanded to create tobogganing and tubing facilities at leisure resorts around the UK.
Snowtrax Owner and Director Colin Iseard says, “We’ve been looking for a modern surface to replace our ageing matting and have been following the development of the Proslope surface for some time. We’re convinced it’s the future of snowsports in the UK. Our customers - freestylers, racers, instructors and beginners - have been testing it like mad and have all told us they love it. Having experienced it firsthand we can firmly say that it’s the step forward in artificial ski slope technology that we’ve all been waiting for.”
O’Connell got the idea for the Proslope after becoming frustrated with the limitations and expense of existing dry slope materials. After several months of testing prototypes on the hills near his home in Newquay and a great deal of time spent exploring the options for creating a dry ski mecca in Cornwall, O’Connell approached Snowtrax, one of the most successful ski centres in the UK.
“People are telling me that riding Proslope is so much closer to the real thing than any of the other existing artificial surfaces” says Chris O’Connell. “I’m passionate about snow sports and have been dedicated to finding a technology that really replicates the feeling of skiing or boarding on snow. Proslope is also much easier to maintain than other surfaces which end up looking grubby and ragged after a few years. Using long lasting PBT filaments and UV resistant plastics, Proslope is much safer, much more cost effective and much more enjoyable as a result. Snowtrax were really keen to make sure their customers were getting the best experience out there so I’m really pleased to be working with them.”
Chris adds, “It has taken a long time and a lot of trial and error but we’ve finally got a product that is really going to hit the right notes with snow sports fans in the UK and further afield. You’ve got to try it to really understand it!”
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