Forget climate change; welcome to year-round skiing — of a sort. From next year cross-country skiers at a top German resort will also be donning their skis in mid-summer, thanks to the construction of the world’s most advanced â€œski tunnelâ€.
The above-ground concrete tube, which will be built on a course snaking 2km through the forests around Oberhof, eastern Germany, will have a bed of artificial snow, special lighting and windows and advanced air conditioning, according to Ralf Luther, the official responsible for the â‚¬13m ($20m, Â£10m) publicly funded project.
The 17 meter-wide tunnel, which won planning permission this month, â€œwill be a first for Germany and the most advanced in the worldâ€, Mr Luther said. A few similar tubes in Finland, Sweden and Siberia were â€œrather basic by comparisonâ€, he added.