Chinese Coal Mine to be converted into ski tunnel.
Chinese capital Beijing will be the latest to create an underground ski tunnel for year-round cross-country skiing.

The city has announced the plans for its former Muchengjian Colliery, one of six major coal mines that supplied the city but which has been recently closed as China moves away from fossil fuels.

A 1.25km long mining tunnel will be converted in to the ski tunnel, similar to existing facilities in Finland, Sweden and Germany. The tunnel is reported to have 18 metres of vertical drop over its length.

Above ground former spoil heaps will be used for Alpine ski slopes and a ski jump but these are believed to be for winter use only.

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