Ski Slopes: a new way to manage waste

By: Lauren Gee

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Copenhagen’s first artificial ski slope is set to open at the end of 2018. The $670 million dollar project will be the first to combine the longest artificial ski slope to a waste-to-energy power plant called Amager Bakke that generates district heating across the city.

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Future recreation areas on Amager Bakke  Click to enlarge

The urban park designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will feature a 2000 foot-long ski slope and the world’s tallest climbing wall that can occupy 1500 people.  The slope is set to open in Dec. 2018 unless rain prolongs the process according to Morten Nielsen, Amager Bakke’s Communications Chief.


Amager Bakke, exchanges 400,000 million tons of waste a year to energy which makes up 25% of the city’s heating says Nielsen. The creation of the urban park coincides with Copenhagen’s goals to promote a metropolis for people to interact with the urban areas of the city.