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Dry Ski Slope Training

post #1 of 7
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It is summer and unless you live near a glacier you probably aren't skiing.


UNLESS you are like me and have access to a dry ski slope.

But this has been something I only just started this year as I moved. I'm still on the fence about it. I've been 3 times and these are the quick take-aways I have.



-Solidify lessons learned at the end of the ski season

-Learn new exercises

-General feeling of ski and speed




-It isn't snow

-Falling f***ing hurts. Rug-burn times 1000.

-Often small and cramped


What are your takes on dry ski slopes? Are they useful? Or does your heart grow fonder by not skiing in the summer?

post #2 of 7

What is that?  Not familiar with it.  When I first learned to ski in SoCal we had an artificial slope that as I recall was covered in some type of plastic chips with a base something like astro turf.  This was very small and only suited to beginners- only a few meters long.


No snow for summer skiing in the Japanese Alps?  I skied at Nagareha (near Hida Furakawa) the last weekend they were open in March.  It was getting soft and slushy at lower elevation but they still had ~9 meters of base!  I enjoyed watching the local ski team practice a small GS course both Saturday and Sunday.  I could see the big mountains in the distance and it looked like they had plenty of cover.

post #3 of 7
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In the Tohoku area the only place that has snow this time of year is Mt. Gassan, which just closed. But after June the snow isn't that great.


There are plenty of mountains that have year round snow in Japan but are not accessible on a regular basis for training.


By dry ski slope, I mean this (below vid). This surface in Japan is called PIS-LAB, it's manufactured by a Japanese company and they have made special skis to work on the surface. My local artificial hill is almost 1/5th the size of this slope.


There are various types of plastic surfaces but are all lumped under dry ski slope.


post #4 of 7

Great for early development - I learned to both ski and snowboard on dryslopes.


Snowboarding particularly because dryslope spank your ass you learn to use proper heel/toe steering so the first time I went to a real ski hill I was doing blacks and off piste no problem.


There's a core racing scene in the UK on dryslopes- not really my bag but I can see there are developmental benefits as being able to ski fast and not lose momentum on a high friction surface must only add speed on snow.  Equally because of the drag factor you have a bit more time to learn slalom techniques as the gates come slower.

post #5 of 7

dry slopes, though this is a misnomer as they are frequently sprayed with water and lubricant during use, are great for practicing jumps and park features.  You must dress just like you would when skiing snow in warm weather or you will suffer as the surface is similar to snow in that it's like sandpaper to your skin.  Most US facilities use Snowflex which is softer to land on than groomed snow but Snowflex lacks the grip of groomed snow so you can only edge with about 30% of the normal force.  You can do anything, including learning how to ski on these surfaces, that doesn't require sharp turns.  There is a artificial surface called Neveplast that has close to the grip of snow but is not nearly as soft to land on.  We have a Snowflex facility in the next state and I go once or twice a year and have a great time, usually combine it into a trip with some white water rafting.  Avoid going in the middle of the day, it's best at night.

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Would any of you with experience use it for race training?


Even without gates, if you had the chance to use it for some summer training or exercises for racing, would you take up the opportunity?


Is it worth the time and effort to seek these places out?

post #7 of 7

It's great exercise and you are using the same muscles as when skiing snow, but unless you can find a facility that has Neveplast, there is little reason to try turning around gates as you just can't get much grip on Snowflex.  I have seen gate training on Neveplast, it even has holes in it for gates, and you can lay down carving turns, but there aren't any facilities in North America that have it on anything other than parks, inruns/kickers.  I would recommend a trip to Mt. Hood if you really want to get some summer training in.  There is a lot to do there, one of the most popular locations in the world for Kiteboarding is only 45 minutes away from the slopes!

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