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Uncertain future for the world's first snowdome

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The world's first snowdome - opened at an ice rink at Thebarton (in Adelaide) Australia in 1988 - is currently for sale, and some doubts are being expressed about its future.

This report from ABC News Online.

Here's a photo of The Thebarton Snowdome.
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Doesn't look very big? Certainly not as impressive as the Xscape building in Milton Keynes?
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Dan, according to this article, the slope is: "400ft (120m) long and 40ft (19m) wide, it is considered one of the smaller indoor ski slopes."
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I believe the snowmaking used at Thebarton involved pulverising ice, and I think the same Australian process was used at the Tamworth Snowdome. [don't take this as gospel, as there was a lot of secrecy involved]. Some other interesting pioneering work in artificial snow was done a little earlier than that, when a company called Permasnow was formed to make snow at temperatures well above zero.

I have a video from them, taken from the Australian equivalent of Tomorrow's World, where snow was made at Ayer's Rock (with the air temperature above 30C) by super-cooling water mixed with a 'surfactant'.

The British snowmaking process used at Milton Keynes and Castleford - by Acer Snowmec - was pioneered at a pilot slope in Telford in 1989 and uses real snowguns, under-slope refridgeration and a sub-zero atmosphere.
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