Indoor Snowsport at England’s Snow Centre
Located in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, England, The Snow Centre offers skiers and snowboarders from beginners to pros the opportunity to enjoy their favorite winter sport – all year around. With group or one-on-one tuition, The Snow Centre is the perfect place to learn how to ski before you hit the wide-open winter slopes. The centre’s instructors are highly trained and the ski and snowboard courses on offer have the stamp of approval of the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI). Competition level instruction and instructor education are also available.
The Snowsports School at the centre is headed up by Pete ‘Silver’ Gillespie, a professional instructor with more than 22 years of experience, who notes that all the instructors at the school are continually assessed to ensure the highest possible standards are maintained. This is the case for beginner classes designed for children as young as four-years-old, through to beginner adults and right up to instructor level. Families who are all beginners can learn as a group (maximum 2 adults and 2 children) bearing in mind that the instructor will pace the lesson to cater for the slowest learner in the group. Otherwise age groups receive tuition separately (four-years old; 5-6 years; 7-10 years, 11-16 years and 17+ years) as younger children generally need more time and attention. Visitors should also be aware that, for the safety of all on the slopes, complete novices will not be permitted to ski/snowboard without some tuition first.
The main slope at the center is 30m wide and 160m long, serviced by two lifts, with the trainer slope being 100m long and serviced by two rope tows. Friday nights feature freestyle skiing and snowboarding, with a new park plan every week. This is the opportunity to get the adrenaline pumping as you hit rails, boxes and kickers, with freestyle coaches on hand to give you tips and guidance.
Hire of equipment is included in the lift pass or lesson price at The Snow Centre, and while visitors are welcome to use their own equipment, the price remains the same. The wearing of helmets is compulsory. As temperatures are constantly between -2 and -6 degrees Celsius it is recommended that visitors wear layered (preferably waterproof) clothing, thick socks and gloves. Special deals and events ensure that a visit to the centre is an adventure every time, so why not make plans now to enjoy some indoor snow skiing.