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New SnowPark for Cornwall

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SnowPark using Proslope surface being built near Bodmin https://www.facebook.com/Proslope/?pnref=story
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I really hope so but there has been so many ideas floated for something like this for years. Still nothing Sad
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Those photos & vids are definitely of Dorset wink
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If investors can't build a business model for a snow dome in other more affluent, more densely populated areas it's really hard to see them being able to do so in in Cornwall.
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@foxtrotzulu, it's a dry slope not a snowdome!
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Were'nt they supposed to be breaking ground on this 2 years ago?
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The photos are of Dorset, which uses the same slope material AIU.
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Apparently, the site has a Wakeboarding Park and also some Holiday Accommodation already running. Looks like a big slope from the plans on FB.
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snowbunny wrote:
The photos are of Dorset, which uses the same slope material AIU.

Yes, same surface and it's a good one Very Happy
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The site is lakeview and it's a 5 star holiday resort. I've never seen plans at this site before and I follow any skiing type development in Cornwall really closely.
The wake park is well run and quite well used as they have a captive audience. Hopefully this one could come to fruition. Not a particularly steep slope though but I guess that is better for those other punters they will want. Tubing etc Very Happy
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It's going to be in stiff competition with this, isn't it? http://www.civilunrest.co.uk/clean-energy/worlds-largest-indoor-snow-park-for-dartmoor/
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I'll believe it when I'm skiing on it. The lack of 'chimney pots' down here usually stymie any genuine plans.

A pal of mine is the IT guy at Lakeview, I'll ask.
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@Timg60, Could it be Bulldozed steeper?
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I went Wakeboarding at Lakeview a week back. The main Ski slope has not yet been started, however I did ask Lakeview staff (now called Waterside) and they told me that a Beginners slope should be in place for the winter.
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Down the outside of the Eden Project biomes would be a black run. Very Happy
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It would be lovely but "they" whoever they are need to realise that Cornwall is one of the poorest areas in Europe and any facility such as a dry ski slope would need to be costed for users at a very very reasonable rate if it was to attract reasonable and regular support.
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@FFIRMIN, poorer following drying up of EU funds.

Who'd have thought it?
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We did all right, and won't have to pay it back either:

EU funding in Cornwall
£1bn
Total funding received since 1999
75% The average EU GDP figure an area should be below for funding
68% The figure Cornwall was thought to be at in 2000
83% The figure Cornwall was actually at in 2000 after recalculation
Eurostat

Not as poor as everyone thinks.
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@BoardieK, 83 is still lower than 100 isn't it?
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Quality of life.

I run a business in sports and recreation and I think there is actually quite a high spend on outdoor pursuits down here, residents and visitors alike.

Ps. Take London out of the "100" and 83 wouldn't be too far off the average.
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@BoardieK, EU wide?

(I have no idea)
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Oh yes, eu not uk!

Anyway, I think there is enough recreational spend in Cornwall to support it and a business like Lakeview/Waterside is well placed to judge the investment. I can't imagine it would be open all week throughout the year and like many businesses in Cornwall the slope would be highly seasonal.
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@BoardieK, central London is quite the outlier isn't it? (Now I look at the numbers)
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Having seen the slope, I hope it gets up and running as a Ski Centre. The access from the A30 is good, and it's an attractive location, with accommodation and plenty of facilities on site.
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Certainly the EU has provided significant funding for Cornwall which was absolutely vital and has given the economy down here a big boost but statistically it is still one of the poorest places in Europe and it should be noted that the figure provided by BoardieK is from 2000. I am entirely sure that some residents and lots of visitors do spend money on outdoor pursuits, visitors always will and there are a very significant number of older residents with plenty of cash to spend on, particularly, water associated, outdoor activities. There are undoubtedly a fair few skiers down here but sufficient to justify the type of spend required for a dry slope and then to frequent it often enough to keep it going - I have my doubts. I spend quite a lot of my time working in the affordable housing sector and also belong to a womens organisations which supports women and families in need and I am acutely aware of how great the overall "need" is in Cornwall. If a dry slope is built great, I wish it well and that whomever builds it makes a commercial success of it. If I am a little sceptical then so be it.
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@FFIRMIN, yeah, Bodmin isn't exactly a high income area, or high density for that matter. Plus you don't have to go too far east before you hit the catchment area of the Plymouth dryslope.

Cornwall has massively benefitted from EU, either through the subsidies for tourism, fishing or farming. Strange that the majority of the county voted out, seemed a little shortsighted to me.
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@FFIRMIN......
Cornwall has massively benefitted from the UK taxpayer paying funds to the EU, which passed them back less administration costs, either through the subsidies for tourism, fishing or farming. .....


FIFY wink
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@achilles, same difference, Cornwall took more from the EU than they put in.
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Cornwall needed the funding it has received and still does, I too think it strange that as a county it voted out but I suspect there are now many people who have realised that maybe they got that wrong. Of course Cornwall took more out than they put in, they simply dont have it to put in, the subsidies, grants and funding for Cornwall have supported fishing, farming, industry, university, culture, etc. etc. but unfortunately salaries are still extremely low and employment opportunities very limited, or at least very limited for anything much more than minimum wage where affordable housing is hard to come by.
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