If you never thought you’d see the day where snow fell in Sydney, think again. A giant ski ramp is headed to town and yes, it’s real…kind of.
There’s been a slow and steady rise in the popularity of snow sports in Australia. For one, we now broadcast the Winter Olympics on free-to-air television. For two, we also actually tune in to watch the winter sports (and not just the curling). And this growing popularity has culminated in this — a HUGE ski ramp at The Domain.
The “big air” ramp is 16 storeys, covered in snow, and is the centrepiece of Air + Style, a three-day snowsports competition and music festival that’s coming to Sydney in August.
For the first time ever in the southern hemisphere, Sydney will be home to the Big Air snowboarding and skiing competition. Big Air is different from traditional slopestyle snowboarding—athletes launch down the epic ramp before propelling into the air, and pulling gravity-defying shapes and tricks.
As someone who never graduated beyond tobogganing (read: a plastic tray plus gravity) during her Jindabyne days, this sounds terrifying, but it ain’t nothing but a thing for 60 of the world’s best snowboarders and skiers who are set to take part in the competition.
Plus, Flo Rida and Snow Patrol are headlining the tunes-side of the festival. We’re crossing our fingers for other winter-themed bands like the Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay, so here’s hoping. You can find more details here.
What: Air + Style, a three-day snowboarding, skiing and music festival
When: 3–5 August 2018
Where: The Domain, Sydney
Cost: From $149
Or just play some bubble soccer on ice.
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