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In a development that could be mistaken for a subplot from a science fiction film, the Australian company Snowtunnel is pioneering an interesting concept in snow sports technology. They have constructed immense, revolving metal cylinders, coated with ice and synthetic snow, enabling snowboarders and skiers to essentially ride on a giant snowy treadmill. The Snowtunnel, significantly smaller in scale compared to traditional dry or indoor ski slopes, presents a potentially more cost-effective alternative.

The project's origins trace back to a 14 feet diameter prototype, handcrafted from scrap metal in an investor's shed. This initial model, although basic, encapsulated the core technology effectively, leading to a patent application.

Now expanded to over three stories in height, the Snowtunnel claims the title of the world's largest rideable full pipe. This enlarged structure has dramatically transformed the experience, offering what the company describes as an unprecedented and thrilling environment for riders. 

Utilizing real water, the Snowtunnel creates an authentic ice and snow surface, allowing enthusiasts to snowboard or ski in any location, regardless of the season or weather. Moreover, riders can experience the sensation of dry powder snow cascading from above while they traverse the tunnel.

Additionally, the Snowtunnel harnesses proprietary technology to generate sub-zero ambient temperatures within, facilitating the creation of man-made powder snow. This innovation provides a top layer of dry, fluffy snow, offering a surprisingly authentic powder experience.

As a cynic, one might ponder whether this invention could be a pivotal step towards a more sustainable future for indoor snowboarding, or just an elaborate idea that won't ever quite compare. The Snowtunnel, with its innovative design and unique snow-making capabilities, presents a compelling case for the evolution of snow sports in cities, deserts and remote locations, potentially reshaping the way enthusiasts practice and enjoy these activities indoors.

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