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Snowdome proposed for huge empty coal mine in Northumbria

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The nation's biggest opencast coal mine - Stobswood in Northumberland - could be transformed into a snowdome, along with an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

It's certainly a spectacular site - the existing void (now empty of coal) is 140m deep.

This report from BBC Online. Anyone know the location?
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Looks like it's in Widdrington.
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David, you've told us many times of the ratio of actual snowdomes to planned snowdomes! Any feeling as to the viability of this one?

I like the idea of a swimming pool included - would that be at the end of the slope?
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masopa, that's a big hole!
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Ian. As you know, we have 3 operational snowdomes in Britain. I couldn't give you an accurate figure of other proposals (which began around 1989), most of which come with magnificent architects' impressions, but it's got to be 60 to 100, I should think.

You must appreciate.....snowdomes are very fashionable at the moment, and fun to dream about! Even Aviemore had a snowdome project at one time.

As for the pool, heat exchange (which could also include some nice hot spa pools if they want) is a handy concept if you're building a giant freezer.
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Close to Morpeth in Northumberland, not too far from our friends, who live in Widdrington.
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As for the pool, heat exchange (which could also include some nice hot spa pools if they want) is a handy concept if you're building a giant freezer.

You're right David, this is precisely why the Tamworth Snowdome sports complex includes a swimming pool -the waste heat from the refrigeration plant being used to heat the water.
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Looks like it could be a nice steep run straight down the side of the mine Madeye-Smiley
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Living in Northumberland myself I would welcome this project with open arms. Financially I am not so sure.

Regionally Sunderland has a dry slope but this isn't well attended. The small one in Gateshead is closed for all intends and purposes. When they are new there were a lot of interest but in a longer term the situation is different.The Swimming pool/sport centre at the Sunderland town centre was covered by the Europe biggest space roof and was the place for the kids to go but eventually it was transformed into a shopping centre.

Haven't visited UK's snowdome yet but I think size does matter. Holland has a modest snowdome near Ijmuiden (ferry link with Newcastle). Its slopes are reasonable and the small complex is holding up well apparently. Anybody using Newcastle/Amsterdam ferry route to ski can drop in. It is only 15min from the port and a nice place to kill a couple of hours if arrive early for the ferry.
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Good point. The Dutch and Germans are now showing the way (as far as Europe is concerned) with snowdomes. Spain has one too. I think land costs and tight planning controls may be restricting the size of them here.
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Snowdomes;love em or hate them,that is the question.I happen to be a defender of them(Tamworth member NehNeh )We would all love to spend our time on the "real" stuff,but we can't Crying or Very sad I have a feeling that with the predicted(and likely)reduction in snow cover across Europe,and a very real chance of season change,and shortening;we will continue to see projected Snowdome plans.Most will never see the light of day.There is,in my opinion,room for 2 more in the UK;the far North and the deep South.However,I'm equaly sure any developer will give Castleford a few years to prove its viability before sinking millions into another.
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There's one proposed for here too ~ Southport. There've been mumblings about it for a couple of years, but the latest chunner seems to be indicating that it really might be a go-er.

Southport's had a variety of failed projects over the last 20yrs, so nobody here is holding their breath. Mindyou, a lot of money has been injected into the town recently, so you just never know. Got my fingers crossed anyway!
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Lollie, Southport would be a cool location....although I'm sure my parents who live in Sefton would be keen to know that it was being privately funded and not a council tax "investment".
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to be honest I hope it goes ahead - they are saying it will be the 'biggest' in Europe and it is only five mins away from me wink

wud hopefully keep my ski legs in tune at least
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