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Indoor skiing in North America in 2013?
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In 2004 work was started on a complex in New Jersey that includes a snow centre. Now, three owners later, it is nearly complete and it may actually open.

The $3.8 billion complex, called American Dream has been 80% complete for nearly five years.

It has seen snow made within it, and has subsequently been damaged by natural snowfall, but has never opened to the skiing and boarding public.

The head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority says he's optimistic the building, once described as the ugliest in America, will open by the end of the year.

When complete, the mall will be one of the largest and most unique shopping, entertainment and tourism centers in the world. It will be rivalled only by West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Canada and Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.  

They  share the same owners as the American Dream's, Triple Five Worldwide.

"American Dream is intended not only to draw local residents and New York City area tourists for a day of shopping and entertainment, but also to attract visitors from around the world," said a statement from Triple Five Worldwide.

Besides The American Dream complex, more than 20, possibly as many as 100 indoor ski complexes have been proposed in Canada and the USA over the past 25 years.

None have made it to the construction phase. Let alone delivery.

Maybe that is about to change.

Additional reporting by Snow24.

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