Well, not exactly. The waste is actually inside Copenhill, a
waste-treatment plant 10 minutes from downtown Copenhagen. Its
main facility is a futuristic building with a sloping roof 85
meters high that's covered in a material called neveplast. It
looks just like a ski slope, except it's green.
"I think everybody is surprised to start with when they look at
it and it's not snow," said Christian Ingels, the director at
Copenhill. "It's green dry-slope material. After one or two
runs, your mind is automatically adjusting so you feel exactly
Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the plant is an
important step in Copenhagen's ambition to become the world's
first carbon-neutral capital. It's an attempt to build a
waste-treatment plant that local residents are happy to see come
to their neighborhood. It seems to be working.
"It's a fantastic experience in the middle of a city to be able
to do what you do like the most," said visiting skier Pelle
Hansen. "Instead of having to go six, seven, eight or ten hours
to a ski destination, you can be here in ten minutes."
The plant will also burn waste from around 600,000 residents and
68,000 businesses to produce electricity and district heating,
will be sent back to the resident. It will also recycle some of
The plant began operating in 2017, and the recreational part
will open permanently this spring. The slope will open
"It's fantastic that one can ski without snow," said ski slope
visitor Tommy Christensen. "It's a slightly different experience
than to skiing in real snow, but it's my second run and I'll try
it again. It looks promising."
(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, editing by Larry King)
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