Open day planned for the proposed development of indoor skiing in Virginia
An effort is underway to convert part of the Lorton I-95 landfill into a snow-based “recreation destination” called Fairfax Peak.
An effort is underway to convert part of the Lorton Interstate 95 landfill into a snow-based “recreation destination” called Fairfax Peak.
Plans for Fairfax Peak were submitted to officials in Fairfax County, Va., By McLean-based Alpine-X in late 2018. The proposed development includes indoor skiing, snowboarding, and other sports. winter. It would also include a hotel, shops and restaurants.
On Saturday, Fairfax County and Alpine-X will host a Fairfax Peak Development Information Open House during Workhouse Community Market Day at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.
The open house event takes place before the public hearings and supervisory board actions scheduled for the fall and winter.
If approved, the 450,000 square foot facility would house a 1,700 square foot indoor ski slope, the longest in North America.
Dan Storck of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors described the project in this 2019 video.
At the Lorton Open House, the benefits and effects for the community will be presented in presentations scheduled at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Government officials from Fairfax County and Alpine-X will also be on-site. to answer questions about the audience. -private partnership.
Guided bus tours of the proposed site will also take place on Saturday. Tours will depart from the arts center and seats can be reserved in advance.
Before Alpine-X made its formal proposal nearly three years ago, Fairfax County estimated that the resort could attract up to 400,000 visitors per year, “generating taxes on sales, hotel and business. ownership for the whole county ”.
The Fairfax Peak proposal is under review for geotechnical feasibility, potential effects on land use, and traffic and zoning needs.
Alpine-X projects that it could complete the first phase of Fairfax Peak 36 to 48 months after final county approval.
Forbes reports that Alpine-X plans to open 20 such snow sports facilities in the United States in the coming years.
See the Fairfax County video on the upcoming open house here.
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