CopenHill, aka Amager Bakke, is a waste-to-power plant situated in Copenhagen that also doubles as a tourist attraction as locals and tourists come here to have fun.
The facility, that was designed by Bjarke Ingels and was built in 2017, has opened a new source of fun for people last October, a slope for skiing and snowboarding.
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The CopenHill power plant utilizes waste instead of fossil fuels and non-renewable energy resources to produce electric power.
This powerhouse is a part of Copenhagen’s plan to be the first carbon-neutral capital in the world by 2025.
Bjarke Ingels, the founder of the Bjarke Ingels group, said on the opening ceremony of the facility: “CopenHill is a blatant architectural expression of something that would otherwise have remained invisible: that it is the cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world.”
CopenHill doesn’t only produce electricity, it also uses the waste heat to provide heating to nearby houses.
The artificial ski area of CopenHill consists of a 400-meter-long area having four slopes with different levels of difficulty. A freestyle park and slalom course are also a part of it.
The skiing area does not need any natural/artificial snow and is a source of promotion of environmentally sustainable tourism for the country throughout the year.
The running trail and climbing wall at CopenHill can be accessed free of cost whereas the skiing slopes are charged at $33 an hour including insurance.
The snowboarders and skiers are taken to the top of the ‘mountain’ with the help of three button-operated carpets. Just like any other skiing facility, you can use your own equipment or rent it.
According to Ingels, CopenHill is “a crystal clear example of hedonistic sustainability.” He added: “a sustainable city is not only better for the environment — it is also more enjoyable for the lives of its citizens.”
Denmark, which is fairly cold in the winters, doesn’t have any real mountains so adding the artificial ski slope can help give the country a bit of topographical diversity.
However, this is not the first man-made skiing slope.
Dubai has an indoor ski slope with the world’s tallest residential building. Shanghai also opened the world’s largest indoor skiing facility last year.