Indoor Ski Resort Mooted For 2012 Media Centre

Artist's impression of how the ski centre could look

Straight out of the big book of British brainwaves, this one: Midlands-based firm Acer Snowmec have “expressed an interest” in turning the Olympic media centre into a permanent indoor ski resort once the Games are over.

The question of what to do with the building — dubbed by one mischievous blog as the ugliest in the Olympic Park —  has been vexing 2012 legacy chiefs for a while now. Tucked into an unfavourable corner of the Stratford site, and without an obvious post-Games purpose, there have been suggestions that the £330 million structure could be torn down. Which might explain why this wacky idea is being discussed.

Acer Snowmec have experience in the field: they operate plenty of indoor ski runs, including those in international destinations such as Dubai and, er, Milton Keynes. Their plan, which could cost £40 million, would create five indoor slopes, covering advanced runs, a cross-country course, and a superpipe. There would also be provisions for ice skating and curling.

Is the ski centre a viable proposal for the building? Or will we be chuckling about this idea in a few year, remembering it as one of the many capricious ideas for east London that never made the grade (see also: the Victoria Park urban beach, the Silvertown surf centre, the new Silicon Valley, and the cross-Thames cable car, which has just been put on what could be a permanent hiatus).

The Olympic Park Legacy Committee are currently soliciting expressions of interest from parties seeking to take over the centre, and a formal bidding process will begin next month.

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  • Anonymous

    It’s a brilliant idea – good luck to them!

  • Matt

    “and, er, Milton Keynes” -_-

  • Bartsimpsonhead

    It’s just what London needs, and when you consider the O2 was considered a white elephant after the Millennium celebrations (before it was turned into the UK’s (if not Europe’s) most popular concert venue) then there is a very good chance it would succeed.

  • http://snowpursuits.co.uk/ Andy

    Are there any updates on this one? We’ve got a site listing all UK indoor snow slopes and it would be good to add these details to it.