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LAAX to open largest ever permanently operated halfpipe

LAAX, Europe’s leading freestyle destination, is set to kick off the winter season with a truly sensational development: the opening of the largest permanently operated halfpipe in the world.

With the new halfpipe totalling 200 metres in length and 6.90 metres in height, the Swiss freeski and snowboard resort is setting a new standard for winter sport, and on December 6th 2014, a grand opening party is being held to celebrate the new superpipe going into operation.

A special feature of the new facility is that not only will it be open to professional athletes, but also to all guests of the ski resort.

LAAX is soon to become the proud location of the world’s largest permanently operated halfpipe.

It will debut in the 2014/2015 winter season and remain open throughout the entire period from December to April.

The halfpipe, now extended by 60 metres to 200 metres, is of Olympic standard, and with a height of 6.90 metres, is unique worldwide.

The halfpipe is situated in the NoName snowpark and thus directly in the heart of the ski resort. The official opening will take place on December 6th 2014.

With the construction of the superpipe, LAAX is setting a new global benchmark. Reto Poltéra, a member of the management board of Weisse Arena Gruppe, is convinced the facility will be a great success.

He explained: “Our philosophy has always been to take an idea that one step further.

“By building the superpipe, we are setting the bar high, stretching the limits of what’s possible and establishing a new standard for freestyle sport.”

Another unique feature of the halfpipe is that not only will it be available to professionals, but can also be enjoyed by amateur freestyle fans throughout the whole winter.

Last season, too, saw LAAX blazing a trail with the unveiling of a new pro kicker line.

This new superpipe is the next logical step for the resort and a further demonstration of LAAX’s claim to be the leading freestyle destination in Europe.

Thanks to the infrastructural development and the early start to the season, LAAX is perfectly positioned to offer national and international associations an outstanding training environment – with facilities of Olympic standard.

It is therefore no surprise that, following the extension of the halfpipe, Swiss-Ski has now chosen LAAX as its national freestyle training base.

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LAAX is nominated for the title of Switzerland’s Leading Ski Resort at the World Ski Awards.

The event, the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in ski hospitality, returns for a second year to welcome leading international figureheads and decision makers to A-Rosa Kitzbühel on November 21st-23rd.

There is more information here.