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In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

With the Beijing Winter Olympics only two years away, photographer Corinne Rozotte has been documenting the increasing popularity of winter sports in China.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

China aims to have 300 million skiers or snowboarders by the start of the Winter Olympics and sites such as Sunac Snow World, in the northern suburbs of Guanzhou, are drawing in those looking to improve their skills.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

Named after one of China's largest real estate groups, Sunac Snow World opened its doors in June 2019.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

Located within a tourist complex, alongside hotels, a shopping centre and a water park, this spectacular 75,000-sq-m (18.5-acre) snow park is the second largest indoor ski resort in the world.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

For those new to the snow, lessons are available. These begin with a warm-up at the bottom of the slope and some basic instruction.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

With a capacity of up to 3,000 visitors, the park includes five slopes with a combined length of 1km (0.6 miles) as well as a chairlift and cable car, magic carpets and a play area.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

At weekends, the park is busy with people queuing for the magic carpet on the beginners' track.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

For many visitors, it is their first contact with snow.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

Everything gives the illusion of an outdoor ski resort, including painted scenery.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

There are even penguins, to add a touch of authenticity.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

The temperature is maintained at about 0C, when, in July, it is 35C outside.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

Coffee and pasta are available at the bottom of the slopes.
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

A snowboarder with a wolf on his outfit.
All photographs © Corinne Rozotte.
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