The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved the next phase for the former Lorton landfill off of I-95 to become a 1,700-foot ski slope. That’s right, a ski resort, in Northern Virginia.
The project already has a name, Fairfax Peak. It will be a 450,000-square-foot indoor snow sports facility. It will be the first of its kind in the country. It will include a 100-room luxury hotel, sky bar, restaurants, and a bunny slope.
Appealing to environmental concerns, the developer Alpine-X says it will work with a private waste-to-energy plant to capture and re-use steam and use solar energy. Another concern has been congestion and if this complex will negatively affect traffic in the region?
Pat Herrity, a Board of Supervisor who represents the Springfield District says, “We are going to do all the traffic studies, but when you balance the traffic issues with the opportunities, the jobs and the amenities for South County... remember, this is a section of the county that doesn’t have a lot of amenities.”
It will not only be the longest indoor ski slope in North America but one of the longest in the world.
Alpine-X will lease the county-owned land.
Fairfax Peak plans to incorporate green and energy-efficient technologies. The complex is projected to cost more than $200 million. So what happens next?
“We will hopefully get a zoning package submitted this year. Construction hopefully underway in 2023 and with any luck this thing can be opened for the public in 2024,” Herrity says.
The resort is expected to bring in about $50 million a year in revenue and will employ about a thousand people.