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A sort of conveyer-belt/ jogging machine apparatus about 2m long, covered in the material they use on dry ski slopes and set at an angle, which you can ski down. The 'speed' of the slope varies continuously based on careful measurements of your speed down the slope and the angle of the slope (up/down
and side-to-side) also varies continuously based on a preprogrammed ski slope profile (based on a real ski slope somewhere). The slope in front of you is shown on a giant video screen so you know what turns, changes in angle, moguls, etc. are coming up.
Agh! - I missed this in my initial search. Remind me never to become a patent lawyer. This, however doesn't have the variable up/down and side-to-side tilting or the giant screen. [hippo, Feb 09 2006]
||throw in an abominable snowman breathing down your
neck, to encourage more twisting and turning and put
the whole thing in a variable condition, snow blowing
||Mount it in a very fast elevator and it could simulate ski-jumping too [+]
||bury the odd participant in a randomly triggered
||"Did you hear about George last night at the simulated ski
slope? - yep - took em two hours to dig his ass out - guess
he won't be howling and whooping like a hyena for a