Snow skiing in OKC? Itís possible at the Oklahoma River
If the phrase alpine skiing doesn’t automatically make you think of Oklahoma City, that’s about to change. RIVERSPORT OKC, a hub for outdoor adventure and fitness along the Oklahoma River, recently announced that they are bringing alpine skiing and snowboarding to Oklahoma City with a new indoor slope, Ski OKC. The new experience, presented by the Inasmuch Foundation, will open inside the whitewater center in the spring of 2021.
“RIVERSPORT will be the first place in the world you can snow ski, surf and whitewater raft all in one location,” said RIVERSPORT Executive Director Mike Knopp. “Ski OKC will be open to pass holders throughout the season, and we’ll offer ski and snowboard lessons. In the fall we’ll offer additional sessions for people to brush up on their skills before they head out on their annual ski trip.”
The indoor snow sports facility will use an indoor ski simulator covered in artificial ski grass. The ski grass will be misted with water to create a feeling similar to real snow. The facility will also have an adjustable incline which will allow the slope to mimic the challenges of all levels of ski runs, from blue bunny slopes to black diamonds. Ramps, project ski courses and augmented reality capabilities will round out the experience and allow to expand as technology advances.
“RIVERSPORT will be the first place in the world you can snow ski, surf and whitewater raft all in one location,” said RIVERSPORT Executive Director Mike Knopp.
“Inasmuch Foundation is a proud supporter of RIVERSPORT Foundation’s efforts to provide numerous activities for our entire community to enjoy,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of Inasmuch Foundation. “The new indoor ski experience offers yet another adventure at the Boathouse District, but more importantly, it’s bringing a life experience to our underserved youth who may never have the opportunity to ski or snowboard.”
Ski OKC will be included in Xtreme day and season passes, single-experience passes and one-hour discover passes. Lessons and camps will be added later in the season. Ross also encourages individuals and businesses to donate experience passes for Oklahoma City children.
“Our Inasmuch grant supports RIVERSPORT Foundation’s Thrive Outside initiative to remove barriers,” Ross said. “I hope other organizations and even individuals will join the Thrive effort by buying RIVERSPORT passes or sponsoring groups of kids. It’s all about the collective impact we can have in opening doors for our underserved youth.”
To make a donation or purchase passes for Youth Outreach, contact RIVERSPORT by email or call (405) 552-4040.