Minnesota mountain to offer skiing without the snow

Yahoo Sports Staff

It may be time for the Summer Olympics, but despite the 80-degree weather, folks in Minnesota are gearing up for a winter sport.

Buck Hill, a popular ski destination in the North Star State is adding synthetic mats to allow for year-round carving. An Italian company called Neveplast has developed a product that looks nothing like snow but is designed to feel just like it.

The construction of the artificial ski slope began this month is set to be completed by September. Skiers can wear their normal winter gear, with fewer layers no doubt, and prices will come at a discounted rate.

Indoor and artificial skiing is much more popular in Europe, but perhaps this is just the beginning of a new trend stateside.