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Fairfax County receives formal proposal for indoor ski resort

Michael Dranove Tysons Update

Defunct portions of the I-95 landfill in Fairfax County may soon be home to one of the longest indoor ski slopes in the world. 

Alpine-X, a development partner of Netherlands based SnowWorld International, has formally submitted a proposal to construct a 500,000 sq. ft. ski complex on non-operating portions of the Lorton Landfill.  The complex would include a 1500 ft indoor ski slope, just 600 feet shorter than the record 2100 foot slope at Alpin Center in Bottrop, Germany.  The complex would also house a luxury hotel, a wave/surf pool, ropes courses, zip lines, a mountain coaster, mountain biking trails, a snow field, and multiple dining and drinking establishments. 

Many county leaders and organizations have stepped forward to signal their support for the proposal.  Visit Fairfax has estimated, “the facility would generate $750K annually in sales and hotel taxes alone.”  NOVA Parks, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, South County Federation, and the Workhouse Arts Center, which is located next door to the proposed site, have all voiced their support for the project.

An indoor ski slope would no doubt improve the international reputation of the Lorton Landfill whose only claim fame is a prison that at various times has housed Chuck Brown, Norman Mailer, and a number of suffragettes. 

According to the Washington Business Journal, “The project will enter the zoning and permitting process once a development agreement is finalized with an offeror in 2020, taking 36 to 48 months to complete construction.”