SnOasis Resort in the Works
Ipswich will soon become home to a three hundred and sixty acre ski resort that has been given approval for development and will be known as the SnOasis. Construction is to start within the year and completion of this state of the art facility is estimated for 2011. This ambitious task is the vision of the real estate group First Equity Group. SnOasis will not only consist of winter sport facilities, but is also a residential, commercial and leisure development.
Development of the adjacent residential area will be approved on compliance of the legal requirements, which state that the SnOasis development must fulfill their obligations in regard to wildlife regulations and sustainability. The entire project is estimated at 600 million British Pounds, and will provide approximately three thousand five hundred jobs during construction and generate permanent employment for one thousand eight hundred people once the centre is operational.
Of course, developers have not missed the slightest detail in designing the facility, and will provide guests and visitors with a great variety of activities. Firstly, day visitors will not have to worry about parking, as the visitors parking will accommodate one thousand two hundred vehicles, while the Long Stay visitors will have a thousand five hundred parking bays to choose from. Each building within the complex will house specific activities, making it easier to find and to plan a day of fun and excitement. The Entertainment Dome is a family entertainment centre with attractions such as a bowling alley; while the Academy Sports Hall offers roller hockey, tennis, football, badminton and squash.
The Snow Dome is where skiing enthusiasts and snowboarders will be able to enjoy themselves indoors, either on the Nursery Slope, which is a hundred meters long, thirty meters wide and with a nine meter vertical drop; or the seventy meter wide slope that is four hundred meters in length and has a vertical drop of a hundred meters. Indoor skiing will take on a different meaning at the largest indoor slope in Europe. The Snow Dome also offers an Ice Climbing Wall, medical centre, ski hire facilities and Apres Ski Bars. Other interesting activities and attractions visitors can look forward to is the Ice Museum, convention centre, ice pad, ice rink, fitness centre, rollerblade and skate park, boat house, nine-hole golf course, jogging trails, cross country roller ski track and no less than seventeen bars and restaurants to choose from. Accommodation at the SnOasis will be available in the form of a four-star hotel, athletes’ village, ski lodges and apartment complex.
The SnOasis development will not only provide England with a new ski resort, but a centre that is rich with activities for the entire family and opportunities for locals. It is most certainly going to be a centre that will be popular and enjoyed by all who visit.