LINKing Turns: Skiing at the mall, Kim Jong Un rides the chair and 8 incredible photos

Midwest Ski Journal likes to highlight a few pieces of skiing internet worth your time in LINKing Turns. Find the best, most important, least important and otherwise links here each week. 

This week we ski at a mall and inside the most secretive state on the planet. Then, we honor some of the world’s best skiing images of 2019.

TURN 1: You can now go skiing in a New Jersey mall (Arman Azad and Douglas S. Wood/CNN)

The New Jersey ski scene is limited, but thanks to a mega-mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey, it’s now year-round.

Making turns indoors in metropolitan New Jersey. (Big Snow American Dream/Facebook)

Yes, the confusingly-named “Big Snow American Dream” is now open to the public, featuring 5,500 tons of snow, 160 vertical feet of skiing all at a comfy 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

The park claims to create “real snow” by dripping water from the ceiling and freezing it “through the same physical process by which snow is made outdoors in nature,” according to a press release. (Arman Azad and Douglas S. Wood/Dec. 7)

I don’t anticipate any Midwesterners will be making the trek to the New York metropolitan area for turns anytime soon, but it’s certainly an interesting project for the low, low price of $5 billion.

TURN 2: North Korea’s Supreme Leader Unveils New Ski Resort (Unofficial Networks)

It’s another place I don’t expect Midwesterners to ski, but if you ever find yourself on a North Korean excursion, don’t forget to bring your boards.

Yes, Kim Jong Un was photographed taking a solo lift ride up his country’s newest ski resort: Yangdok Hot Spring Cultural Recreation Center.

Looking at the photos, it appears that what the resort lacks in number of runs (3), it also lacks in vertical…and charm. Also, no complaining allowed.

TURN 3: 8 of the Best Ski Photos of the Year (David Reddick/POWDER Magazine)

The fewer words the better for our last turn thanks to this collection of POWDER Magazine ski photos.

Part of its monthly “Shooting Gallery” spread in each issue of the magazine, these eight photos dropped skiers jaws in 2019.

The photographers are: Alicia Martinez, Oskar Enander, Daniel Ronnback, Nic Alegre, Ethan Stone and Lee Cohen. Incredible work.

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