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post #1 of 11
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ok, i know there are some brits in here, so i'll let this fly.

so what's with this dry slope skiing thing? what are some websites to check out? which are the best (close to london)? do they have night skiing? what do you have to do to your skis to make them work on the stuff?

is it even worth it?
post #2 of 11
There are loads of dry ski slopes round the outskirts of London e.g. Becton Alp, Esher, High Wycombe, Aldershot, Hailsham, Guildford. A quick google hunt will give you lists of them e.g. http://www.natives.co.uk/whatsnew/dryski.htm or http://www.amc-comm.demon.co.uk/list5.htm. These have links to their websites.

Do they have night skiing? Yes, in general, check for times. The toothbrush surface - Dendix - I've found much harder to ski on than real snow as there's generally a bit more friction and it's harder to turn. They aren't all toothbrushes - Hailsham claim to have a new type of surface (I haven't been) and Milton Keynes has real snow.

I've been to Aldershot & Esher dry slopes and there isn't really much difference. The main thing to look for is the length of the slope - they vary between about 90m and 150m.

Is it worth it? Probably not unless you very inexperienced. The slopes are shorter and gentler than most nursery slopes, so you will spend most of your time on the button lift. I'd say the 3 main reasons for going would be 1) to remember how skis feel just before going away first trip for a while 2) for beginners lessons 3) to get some time in new boots before taking them abroad.

If it's not too far, the Milton Keynes Xscape is much better than the dry slopes I've seen - it's about the same size as a nursery slope & with real snow is more like the real thing. However it's about £20 for an hour or so at peak times and I'm told does get busy particularly in school holidays.
post #3 of 11
Toothbrush? - green yardbrush more like, but great for removing unwanted skin and thumbs.

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post #4 of 11
Dear r
That's an economical name!
Ignore DB - he has no sense of challenge, is far too keen on sex 'with someone else', and has no appreciation of an eccentric British industry.
Firstly, the inventor of the Dendix ski slope, whose name escapes me, actually based his idea (at least this is the legend) on strapping two scrubbing brushes (not toothbrushes) to his shoes and scrubbing the kitchen floor.
He then inverted the concept to create
THE ARTIFICIAL SKI SLOPE
The best one within orbit of London is Wycombe Summit, near the M40. There are also good ones at Hemel Hempstead, and Welwyn Garden City (Gosling sports centre).
Watch out for altitude sickness, and don't ask for heli-skiing. These types of jokes annoy the staff at these places.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 26, 2002 03:06 PM: Message edited 2 times, by David Goldsmith ]</font>
post #5 of 11
Yes and don't forget your ski goggles ...

DB
post #6 of 11
Well, I learned to ski on a dry slope. Some comments:
1. It's the same stuff that toilet brushes are made out of (or seems like it!)
2. I sometimes go for a run on a dry slope in September, but would never go within 6 weeks of going skiing, too big an injury risk (see later)
3. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TAKE YOUR OWN SKIS ON A DRY SLOPE. Unless they are rock skis, or ones you don't mind wrecking the bases. It's like skiing on sand paper. Does similar damage as the brushes at an automatic car wash do to your paintwork.
4. Dry slopes are lubricated with water. to increase speed, apply washing-up liquid to your bases. (fact)
5. Don't fall. If you do, don't put your hands out to stop yourself. (this is the injury bit) If you fall and put your hand down, your thumb can easily catch in the mesh, and will then hang at a jaunty angle (i.e. dislocate or break). You also want to wear layers - not for cold weather, but to stop you from bruising too much.
6. Don't wear your good ski gear. If you fall, it may tear.
7. Don't plan to break the speed skiing record.
8. BUT IT IS SKIING (well, sort of)

You'd be better to go up to the indoor slope at Milton Keynes, it's worth it for real snow.


S
post #7 of 11
Your input, please.
Should I wear goggles or sunglasses when dry skiing? What about poles...straps or not? I'm so confused.

Oooh..I almost forgot...should I stop for lunch?

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 26, 2002 03:01 PM: Message edited 1 time, by irul&ublo ]</font>
post #8 of 11
Of course you should stop irul&ublo, it would be rude not to eat the nice lunch that your mummy packed for you.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 26, 2002 10:42 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Riccardo ]</font>
post #9 of 11
You don't need to take your own skis, the cost always includes hire charges anyway.

It is a bit of a sad experience all in all - all those people who'd rather be on snow.
post #10 of 11
Try skiing on a dry ski slope with three inches of snow on it.... or better still late at night on a very cold evening when the fine mist of water freezes. Now thats
fast!
Done both of these at Rossendale here oop north.
Also Sheffield Ski Village has the best dry slopes in the country. Check it out.

http://www.sheffieldskivillage.co.uk/online/index.html
post #11 of 11
Sheffield is also about to build a £15 national ice centre, so it could become the greatest ski resort in the world without a mountain.
Check it out: http://www.sportengland.org/press_re..._sheffield.htm
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