Cornwall’s contribution to skiing


Skiers and snowboarders from across the UK are experiencing the very latest in artificial snow surface technology, thanks to a Cornish entrepreneur.

Proslope, the brainchild of Newquay-based former Snowsports England vice president Chris O’Connell, has been installed at the Snowtrax Ski Centre in Dorset, and is soon set to expand across the UK.

Proslope utilises a patented multi-height bristle system that makes for deeper and faster dry slope turns in addition to new levels of durability and cushioning.

O’Connell got the idea for the Proslope after becoming frustrated with the limitations and expense of existing dry slope materials. After several months of testing prototypes on the hills near his home in Newquay and a great deal of time spent exploring the options for creating a dry ski centre in Cornwall, O’Connell approached Snowtrax.

“People are telling me that riding Proslope is so much closer to the real thing than any of the other existing artificial surfaces,” he said. “I’m passionate about snow sports and have been dedicated to finding a technology that really replicates the feeling of skiing or boarding on snow.

“It has taken a long time and a lot of trial and error but we’ve finally got a product that is really going to hit the right notes with snow sports fans in the UK and further afield.


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