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Alpine-X submitted a public-private partnership proposal to the county to build a 450,000- square-foot snow sports facility with an expected 1,700-foot ski slope, Fairfax County officials said in a news release. The facility’s summit would reach an altitude of about 280 feet.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved the next phase of transforming the closed I-95 landfill in Lorton into the longest indoor ski slope in North America and one of the longest in the world.

Alpine-X submitted a public-private partnership proposal to the county in 2018 to build a 450,000- square-foot snow sports facility with an expected 1,700-foot ski slope.The facility’s summit would reach an altitude of about 280 feet and has been dubbed “Fairfax Peak."

Supervisors approved interim agreement permitting the developer to continue feasibility studies on a public-private partnership in which Alpine-X will lease the county-owned landfill to build the project, which is estimated to bring about 1,300 jobs and closing to $1 million in tax revenue to southern Fairfax.

“Fairfax Peak offers incredible benefits for our residents in addition to the amazing facilities – from new job opportunities and tax revenue, to new snow sport opportunities including high school ski teams and premier national competitions, to new hotel and restaurant amenities for the South County area,” Springfield district Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement. "As we look to emerge from the pandemic and its economic repercussions, Fairfax Peak will bring some much-needed relief and opportunity to our residents.”

While the company considered several other locations in the D.C. region, the landfill was its top choice, according to the proposal.

According to Alpine-X, the snow sports complex may include:

Multiple ski slopes at approximately a 20-degree angle, including a slope compliant with the Fédération Internationale de Ski’s standards ensuring it can be used for competitions.

A specially designed area for skiing and snowboarding with a variety of ramps, jumps, rails, boxes and other features, capable for use in national snowboarding and freestyle skiing competitions.

A bunny slope for beginners, snow tubing run and area for skiers and snowboarders to perform tricks.

Restaurants, ski shop and sky bar and terrace at the summit.

A 100-plus room luxury hotel at the base of the indoor snow facility.

A gravity-powered, mountain coaster that will slide from the summit to Occoquan Regional Park.

A gondola to ferry riders from Occoquan Regional Park and the facility’s base to the summit.Fairfax Peak sky terrace.

The project envisions other amenities that could be added in the future, including a water park, a "gravity ropes course" and passive recreation areas. SnowWorld has signed a confidential agreement with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to possibly operate or own some of these facilities.

Before Alpine-X submitted its proposal, Visit Fairfax estimated the project’s economic impact as part of the county’s Sports Tourism report. They projected that the complex could draw as many as 400,000 visitors per year, generating sales, hotel and property taxes for the county.

Besides strengthening Laurel Hill as a recreational destination, Fairfax Peak would allow local schools to add ski teams. Alpine-X proposes making its facility available to law enforcement and military for cold-weather and snow training.

The project would be environmentally sustainable as well, Fairfax County said in a news release.

Fairfax Peak plans to incorporate green and energy efficient technologies in its buildings. For example, the company says it will collaborate with Covanta’s private waste-to-energy plant to capture and re-use steam; reuse gray water and use solar energy. The facility also will open its doors to local colleges and universities that wish to test new environmental technologies.

There is no timeline yet, but last year, county officials said the project first phase could be complete within 36 to 48 months after approval.

(5) comments

CJE

No on-site renewable energy? Total energy cost for all the infrastructure? More public open space repurposed for an upscale single interest?

CeeHowUR

Who would want to live on a landfill? If you left it as a park its going to cost the taxpayer for maintenance and security. Instead you have an opportunity to generate some recreational income. It seems like a great idea. Just not sure if its viable unless it becomes one of those things you just HAVE to do.

Stoptheinsanity

This will never happen because you cannot build a enclosed structure over a heap of methane producing garbage. These planners are not very smart. Special interest over common sense. Where did these people get their degrees from? Overpaid to say the least.

Soily

Yes they can build such a structure, and perhaps find a way to use the methane to offset energy costs. I doubt there is enough methane produced to make such efforts worthwhile. I also doubt there are enough people in the area willing to pay a high enough price to make such an endeavor economically viable. People who are wealthy enough to afford ski equipment will want to go to real ski resorts.

MolonLabe76

This may be popular for a while but most likely will go under in less than 5 years...Might as well be an indoor ice rink or bowling alley...

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