Jibs for Jesus: New Snowflex Hill Opening at Liberty University

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on May 8, 2009 4:19 pm

And on the seventh day, God Skied.

Liberty University, the largest evangelical Christian university in the world, will soon be home to the first Snowflex, snow-free ski hill in the U.S.  Snowflex was a quantum leap forward for carpet skiing.  The technology was invented in the U.K. in 1993 and has since been installed in a handful of facilities in Europe. 

On May 1st, the first batch of Snowflex tiles, plastic mats that closely simulate the sensation of snow, were installed above Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  The 110 vertical-foot slope should be open by the summer.  “Monster jumps and killer quarter pipes…are just some of the highlights of this snow-free ski slope,” according to the Liberty website.

Jerry Falwell, one week before his death, talked about why he wanted to remake the bald hill above the university into an all-year-round ski hill.  “There are no beer bashes at Liberty, and no coed dorms, but it doesn’t have to be a monastery. We’re breaking the stereotype that Christian education is synonymous with boredom.”

Surely there will be new tricks and their corresponding trick names whose genesis will be traced back to the dry hills (pun intended) of Liberty University.  How about a Jesus Air, Nicodemus Flat Spin, Switch Judas 180, or a Mute Lazarus?

photo by Russ Shea, Snowflex hill in Europe

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