Skiing is rapidly becoming a popular pastime among all kinds of people in the UK, however travelling abroad to take advantage of the slopes in far flung destinations like France, Switzerland and Austria can be too expensive for many. The cost of travel to these ski resorts, plus the added expense of accommodation, ski passes and of course the famous apres-ski mounts up, and for many families, the experience may be out of reach. Luckily, UK skiers do not have to journey abroad to get some experience on the slopes as there are many indoor skiing locations for them to visit in their home country. There is no better way to develop your skills and to have fun than in an indoor skiing centre.
Where Can I Ski Indoors In The UK?
There are dry ski slopes located all over the country. In fact, no matter where you are located in Britain, you are sure to find an indoor ski slope close to where you live. The Ski Club UK website (http://www.skiclub.co.uk) provides a helpful map so that you can easily locate your nearest indoor ski centre and get started. The majority of these centres offer lessons for beginners and more advanced skiers and some even host special events such as tournaments, race days and freestyle events. Some centres are really huge and offer more than one slope – often with a dedicated one for beginners to learn on, equipment hire and even other snow-related activities such as sledging, snowboarding or ice sliding.
What Do I Need To Know About Indoor Skiing?
Indoor skiing is a great way to prepare yourself for a skiing holiday abroad, or for learning the basic skills such as stopping and turning. There are two main types of surface used for dry indoor slopes, one of which is Dendix and the other being Snowflex. Of these, the oldest is Dendix – a covering made from plastic bristles that has diamond shaped holes in the centre. Snowflex is newer and is made from a similar plastic substance, the big difference being that it has no holes in it. This makes it less painful to fall on. Some indoor ski centres even use real snow as a covering for their slopes. Every day, they deposit up to 1700 tonnes of snow on their indoor slopes, and these are the closest possible experience to real slope skiing.
What Is The Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Skiing?
One of the biggest differences between skiing indoors as opposed to outdoors is the lack of harsh conditions such as strong winds or snow. If you are skiing on a traditional dry ski slope as opposed to one of the newer snow covered indoor centres, you will find that you have less grip on the slope and may find that you move more quickly. You will also find falling over much more painful on a traditional Dendix surface. Another disadvantage of learning to ski on an indoor slope is the lack of space, with less room to spread out, which can prove challenging especially to those who are new to the sport and are unsed to avoided other skiers. That said, you are protected from the sometimes dangerous conditions that you will find on a real mountain.