America’s First Indoor Snowboard and Surf Park Slated for Anaheim, Calif
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.–Perfect snow, every day of the year, is almost here.
The Glacier of Anaheim, LLC is finalizing plans to build America’s first indoor snowboard and surf park in Anaheim. The 600,000 square foot facility — located just one mile from Disneyland in the parking lot of Edison International Field — is expected to break ground before June.
At a cost of $130 million, The “Gotcha Glacier” will house two snowboard halfpipes, a snowboard terrain park, a beginner ski and snowboard learning area, a free skating ice rink, a skateboard park, and a surf park with standing wave pools. Also included will be retail, food and beverage concessions, a fitness center, birthday suites, children’s snow play areas, arcades, and restaurants.
The project was approved unanimously by the Anaheim City Council and a Ground Lease between the City of Anaheim and The Glacier of Anaheim, LLC was signed on Dec. 15, 1998.
While Anaheim is the location for the first facility, The Glacier development team has its sights set on many other locations across the country. “We’re pleased to be starting in Anaheim,” said Brad Kinney, chairman and chief executive officer of The Gotcha Glacier. “But we’re already designed to fit into several other locations in major markets across the nation. Orange County is a great place to start because most of the Action Sports industry is located here.”
The Glacier facility will contain three and a half acres of real snow in a refrigerated environment called the “Board Room.” A competition snowboard halfpipe will be a main attraction. “We plan to host ongoing events and competitions,” said Michael Gerard, Glacier’s chief of operations and marketing. “Snowboarding is now an Olympic sport and our halfpipe is designed to meet international specifications. With the conditions controlled — and the venue media-ready — we’re creating ‘arena snowboarding.’ It will take the visibility of the sport to a whole new level.”
The facility also contains a 34,000 square foot indoor/outdoor surfing park and a 33,000 square foot skate park. The surf and skate parks will be located underneath the high end of the 100-foot-high snow floor. As with the Board Room above, the surf and skate area will be pre-wired for television and sound.
“Our effort involves creating the environment for sports that are often inaccessible to the masses,” said Gerard. “We want to integrate action sports, competition, media, and retail in a fun environment that directly addresses contemporary American families.”
While there are several indoor “ski slopes” around the world, there are none in the United States. “Bringing these sports indoors is nothing new,” added Gerard. “But we’re the first in the world to build a permanent competition snowboard halfpipe indoors. Where else can you ride 12-foot waves, work out, snowboard, skate, shop, eat, and ice skate all in one place any time of the year? We’re looking forward to breaking ground.”
The Gotcha Glacier is expected to open in the Spring of 2002.