Leisure: The Inside Slope

For the skier who cannot get away to the mountains, there is now the Ski-Dek Center. Here he can enjoy the pleasures of an ersatz ski trip on an indoor moving mountain, whipped by air-conditioned breezes, inspired by hand-painted alpine scenery—and surrounded by all the comforts of a bowling alley.

A Ski-Dek operates like a huge, carpeted Escalator without steps. An upward-moving belt covered with a rug of white Caprolan fiber makes a ski area approximately 20 ft. by 55 ft. Wearing 30-in. "shortee" skis, the skier pushes off from the top of the platform, makes headway against the moving...

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