Fairfax County voted on an interim agreement to build one of the longest indoor ski slopes in North America on a closed landfill. The Board of Supervisors approved the agreement at a board meeting last week, which allows Alpine-X to explore building a 450,000-square-foot snow sports facility at the site of the I-95 landfill in Lorton, the Lorton Patch reported. The facility would include a 1,700-foot ski slope that would reach an altitude of 280 feet.
According to wtop.com, “As a public-private partnership, Fairfax County would lease the land to Alpine-X, and the company would build, own and operate the facility, according to a county news release. Fairfax County said the project is contingent on Alpine-X fulfilling required land use entitlements, and the process includes opportunities for community input and the Board of Supervisors’ approval.”
Alpine-X partner John Emery said, “We want something for families and groups of friends to want to come out there, and not everybody is going to want to ski. So we want to have enough activities for a group to come out, they can all have the experiences they want to have together — have a bite, have a drink, and have a good time together. It’s really built around having great shared experiences, where not everybody has to do exactly the same thing. So it’ll be a lot of different activities”.