The first snow-dome « Mountain Xperience » by Wyss: a success!

A few months after having of launch its first snow-dome « Mountain Xperience » in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia, WYSS takes a rather positive record.

Installed on the 3rd floor of the Rabwa mall in Riyadh, this snow-dome of 4000 m2 is the first to be opened and was inaugurated by the king last July, under the name of « Snowcity ».

Since, it has been a real success: double rewarded at the « 2016 shopping center & retailer awards » held in Dubai on November 1st, it has also revitalized the mall with more than 1500 visitors a day and the restaurants have increased their turnover by four.  

At the origin of this project: the « Mountain Xperience » concept of WYSS, a « turnkey » solution which offers Indoor activities, adapted for all ages,  in the fields of snow sports and mountains (skiing, sledging, tubbing, carousel, climbing, snowmobile, bobsleigh, ice karting, …)  

Responding to both climate and lifestyle issues of Saudi Arabia, this concept immediately appealed to the customer. WYSS was in charge of the complete design and built of the snow-dome, including all the infrastructures, equipment and services :

  • Structural design
  • Snow production, refrigeration, HVAC and MEP
  • Selection of activities
  • Non-activity areas (ticket office, changing rooms, toilets, offices, etc.)  

Despite the scale of this type of project (more than 1400 drawings and thousands of hours of design), Snowcity Riyadh meets ecological and energy performance constraints: The energy consumption of a Mountain Xperience is no more than 400 kWh/m2/year, which is less than what it costs to operate a municipal pool in France.