Yes, you heard it right. There is a plan to bring an indoor ski facility to Boston in the near future!
The Lab Freestyle is getting ready to launch a "give us money" campaign for an indoor ski and snowboard facility in the greater Boston area. They would love some support and shares around the net to get the word out about this opportunity. While it's still just a plan on paper, the people behind Lab Freestyle are working hard towards opening their doors in the next 12 months. Throw them a like on FB and check out more info below.
The Lab is a state-of-the-art indoor training facility for ski and snowboard athletes coming soon to the Boston area.
When you're a freestyle ski or snowboard athlete, there's no thrill more intense, no high more satisfying, than landing that new trick you've been dying to try out. But hitting the slopes unprepared can have catastrophic, career-ending, even life-threatening consequences.
With The Lab, we're providing ski and snowboard athletes throughout New England with a place where they can practice their tricks and improve their technique in a safe, controlled environment. Whether you're a newbie gearing up for your very first run, or a seasoned vet trying to master the elusive double cork 1260, The Lab will be your space to experiment, explore, and gear up for a truly awesome ride.
FAQ from the original thread, which can be found HERE.
I would go every chance I could get but how much would a ticket or pass for the day roughly cost?
We are looking to keep the pricing reasonable (while obviously staying afloat), and will be structuring it much like a gym, with monthly passes, as well as annual passes. Outside of the long term commitment, we will also be offering hourly passes in the realm of 15, with other pricing packages as we get off the ground.
I know a lot of people who would go to indoor would be really good but not all, some would go to learn more, like me.
Looking to have something for everyone, as to your point, we're not all super badass. Long story short, much like the rails will have options, and will be interchangeable, the jump will also have an extension for super badassery. We will be utilizing a propulsion system, rather than gravity, so we can also simply turn up the juice, keeping in mind the indoor limitations
Would be open in the summer?
What? how do you use a propulsion system on a jump?
Instead of using gravity, we'll be using a high powered rope tow, with variable speed control.
Will there be a really long landing?
Foam landing to accommodate the jump based on physics. We obviously won't be sending people off the jump straight into a wall simply so they can go big. The tow in, jump, and landing are all designed to accommodate all rider abilities, ski or snowboard. The goal will be to have more pop than length so that you have a bit more hang time to learn tricks
Would it be all flat then or would the tow rope just be for extra speed?
It would be 100% rope tow driven speed, meaning no downhill needed. All speed would be generated by the tow in. Bear in mind, the two is only for the jump as that would require 50 foot ceilings. The rails will all be gravity generated speed, at lower angles.
Would you guys be using pvc or metal rails?
Both. They will be interchangeable so we can switch up the setup based on ability. Boxes as well
Would there not be huge queues for the jump/pit if it gets popular and there is only one?
They call that one of those good problems to have. In reality we hope there is enough demand to have a scheduling system to keep groups small.
If you had the room a super tramp would be sick.
In good time. The design is still preliminary as we'll need to make adjustments based on space. I'd love to work it in.
This sounds great. You should look into getting a kickstarter going to help generate funding. I'd donate.
We are about 2 weeks to a month away from launching so def stay tuned as we'd be happy to take your money! Thanks for the support!
Thoughts? Questions? Suggestions? Leave them in the comments and we'll make sure the crew from Lab Freestyle checks them out and gets back to you ASAP.