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Vertikal brings alpine slopes to Fyshwick 

Michaela McGrath

Unable to make the trek south to Thredbo or Perisher this season?

Wishing you could hone your skills before finding yourself on the slopes?

Fyshwick’s newest addition, Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, is the answer to your every snowy prayer, offering a taste of the mountains close to home.

Bringing a slice of alpine life to Canberra’s south, Vertikal officially launched its perpetual snow season last month. Joining the humming Dairy Road precinct, the indoor faux snow centre was founded out of a burning love of snow sports.

Entranced by the slopes of The Netherlands, Vertikal’s director of snow sports, Paolo Bellini, worked tirelessly to replicate them down under.

“I am so pleased to finally enable all snow sports enthusiasts the opportunity to develop their skills year ‘round, in a sport that is my life-long passion,” he says.

We know what you’re thinking. Snow? Indoors? But how?

Don’t freak out just yet, Vertikal hasn’t reconfigured the physics of snow. Instead, the slope itself is actually a giant mat of seriously soft white nylon fibres. Sitting on a tilted and moving platform, it can be adjusted in height depending on ability and is operated by the instructor via hand-held remote.

The mat is eerily similar to the real thing and with its continual movement and just 10-minutes of Vertikal’s slope is the equivalent of shooting down Mt. Kosciuszko from the top of the chairlift to bottom non-stop.

Vertikal offers experiences for everyone from professionals to newbies to those who just want a bout of sloping goodness without the road trip. There are opportunities designed specifically with skill level in mind from first-timer through to advanced, making it perfect for kids, novices and avid skiers alike.

Let’s face it, most of us don’t live in an alpine lodge and even if we did the likelihood of daily snow is pretty slim.

To combat the disruption imposed by the seasons Vertikal allows you to hone your skills all year round, ensuring the maintenance of muscle memory, effective training and a heightened experience when you get to the real thing.

“I am confident that by mastering these slopes, our guests will be able to tackle any type of run on the mountain,” says Paolo.

Located in Canberra’s up-and-coming Dairy Road precinct, Vertikal is the latest drawcard to the hotspot. Joining the Capital Brewing Co’s craft draughts, Bloc Haus and hordes of other established and forthcoming creative endeavours, Vertikal’s slopes are in very good company. And it wouldn’t be a true day on the skis without a bout of après-ski.

Translating quite literally to ‘after-ski’, the Nordic tradition of unwinding after a day on the slopes manifests in an uber-cosy café space at Vertikal. Kick off your boots and settle in for a well-deserved hot chocolate surrounded by a crackling fireplace, snug lounges and ski-lodge inspired décor, delish.


Monthly memberships and one-off classes are available for adults, children, seniors and families as well as group and private bookings. To celebrate its recent launch, Vertikal is offering 20% off its monthly memberships for a limited time only.

the essentials 

What: Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports
Where: Unit 11, Building 3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick
When: Open Monday – Saturday 8 am – 8 pm and Sunday 8 am – 6 pm
Website: vertikalsnowsports.com

Images via facebook.com/vertikalsnowsports


Michaela McGrath

Michaela is a New Zealand born Australian currently based in Adelaide. Spending her childhood in Canberra’s north, she regularly travels east to the nation’s capital to visit family and friends. An avid foodie, Michaela is thrilled to see Canberra’s thriving hospitality scene continue to unfold. She is in her final semester of a Bachelor of Media with a major in Journalism at the University of Adelaide, and is an aspiring food and lifestyle writer with a passion for all things local. When she’s not busy writing her next piece, you’ll find Michaela on the hunt for the next place to grab a caffeine fix or whipping up a storm in the kitchen. More about the Author

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