4th February 2020

In_pictures In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

In_pictures In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

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in_pictures Beginners slope with painted mountain sceneryImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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With the Beijing Winter Olympics only two years away, photographer Corinne Rozotte has been documenting the increasing popularity of winter sports in China.

in_pictures Portraits of young women skiersImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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China aims to have 300 million skiers or snowboarders by the start of the Winter Olympics and sites such as Sunac Snow World, in the northern suburbs of Guanzhou, are drawing in those looking to improve their skills.

in_pictures Sunac Snow Park entranceImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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Named after one of China’s largest real estate groups, Sunac Snow World opened its doors in June 2019.

in_pictures Overview of the ski resort with ski liftsImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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Located within a tourist complex, alongside hotels, a shopping centre and a water park, this spectacular 75,000-sq-m (18.5-acre) snow park is the second largest indoor ski resort in the world.

in_pictures Ski instructors at workImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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For those new to the snow, lessons are available. These begin with a warm-up at the bottom of the slope and some basic instruction.

in_pictures Skiers on the ski liftImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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With a capacity of up to 3,000 visitors, the park includes five slopes with a combined length of 1km (0.6 miles) as well as a chairlift and cable car, magic carpets and a play area.

in_pictures Skiers queuing to get on the slopeImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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At weekends, the park is busy with people queuing for the magic carpet on the beginners’ track.

in_pictures A woman points at somethingImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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For many visitors, it is their first contact with snow.

in_pictures Beginners slope with painting mountain scenery and it’s fake chaletImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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Everything gives the illusion of an outdoor ski resort, including painted scenery.

in_pictures A snowboarder passes penguinsImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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There are even penguins, to add a touch of authenticity.

in_pictures Enjoying the snowImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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The temperature is maintained at about 0C, when, in July, it is 35C outside.

in_pictures Inside the restaurantImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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Coffee and pasta are available at the bottom of the slopes.

in_pictures A snowboarder with a wolf on his outfitImage copyright
Corinne Rozotte

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A snowboarder with a wolf on his outfit.

All photographs © Corinne Rozotte.

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