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post #1 of 24
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After my first indoor ski experience this weekend (I held a two day workshop and ski test with about thirty people) I found out, that indoor skiing is a serious topic under several aspects. As well teaching as ski testing under laboratory conditions has to be seen with a different approach to skiing in the beauties of nature, but I discovered also some advantages such as constant snow conditions and easy slopes, so people are forced to focus on very fine motor aspects.

As indoor ski abilities spring up like mushrooms all over the globe, pros and cons are much discussed in European forums. So what do you think?
post #2 of 24
I spend a lot of time skiing indoor.. With this hot weather, it's great to cool off in the snow.. In the winter, well, the nearest ski resort is about 5-6 hours drive, so to stay in a bit of shape, I'll have to use the snowdome.
I go to 'Snowworld.nl', which is also the host of the only indoor FIS alpine cup race..

Snow conditions overall are pretty okay, don't think they are constant. There are a lot of snowboarders, who do nothing than scraping the snow from the ice base. At the end of the week (piste-bulleys run only once or twice a week), the slope is better used for iceskating as it would be for skiing :... I takes quite some skill to hold your edges on those conditions, but it is fun anyway..


(Some maintenance work is going on now, so you're only seeing one slope instead of the 3 other ones)..
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by skifex
As indoor ski abilities spring up like mushrooms all over the globe, pros and cons are much discussed in European forums. So what do you think?
No pow=no go

Might be good if they put a park in there to just fool around, but going on groomers just wouldn't be too fun after a while, especially with only 4 or so runs. I imagine it would be fun for a bit and then the novelty would wear off and then I would just hate it.
post #4 of 24
Skifex

I guess the indoor snowdomes are still underrated, as the lack of replies suggests.. This weekend I'll be visiting alpincenter.de , is that perhaps where you went?
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post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by AllGo
Skifex

I guess the indoor snowdomes are still underrated, as the lack of replies suggests.. This weekend I'll be visiting alpincenter.de , is that perhaps where you went?
I have been in Neuss near Düsseldorf http://www.allrounder.de/index.php?id=24&L=1

I went there with twenty pairs of skis in my pickup by car train - the conductor almost died laughing about some crazy Austrians going for a ski trip to northern Germany in July.
post #7 of 24
WTFH
Quality of snow looks good in there!
Quick search on google shows they are quite popular in the UK, and there are quite a few of them there. Didn't know people in the UK were so fond of skiing, it really amazes me. When I watch UK telly, I only see white people going on summer holidays coming back very, very red .

skifex
Wow, that's funny. That one is actually quite near me, and I didn't know about it. If you ever go back there, send me an email, and I'll be there .
I would love to meet you and see your skills.
post #8 of 24
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WTFH - Where are your pics taken?
post #9 of 24
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WTFH - Where are your pics taken?
http://www.xscape.co.uk/
post #10 of 24
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WTFH - Where are your pics taken?
Those are all from the slope at Milton Keynes, about 30km from where I live. I hope to go up to the Castleford slope in a few weeks time for a ski test, and a few more pics!
post #11 of 24
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Milton Keynes
Ah, Jeremy Clarkson is always making fun of Milton Keynes, although I don't know why , but that's how I know it .
post #12 of 24
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What kind of snomaking is used there? WTFH

AllGo - I think I'll be in Neuss this autumn - I will keep you informed.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by AllGo
Ah, Jeremy Clarkson is always making fun of Milton Keynes, although I don't know why , but that's how I know it .
It's a city built on the grid system. Half the junctions are roundabouts, the others are traffic lights. The signposts are very confusing. Until I got SatNav, I was always getting lost in it. Now I have SatNav, I only get lost there half the time!

Then there are the houses - dull/boring design, all from the 1960s and more recent.

Because it is a "new town", it has no historical buildings, or any soul to it.

Apart from that, it's got Xscape, and a couple of good music shops...
post #14 of 24
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What kind of snomaking is used there? WTFH
They have some small snow guns which make the snow at the top of the slope, then the piste bashers push it down.
post #15 of 24
From my experience, the Castleford slope, which is newer, has better quality snow, but both are considerably better than Tamworth, which was the first one in the UK.
post #16 of 24
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They have some small snow guns which make the snow at the top of the slope, then the piste bashers push it down.
What are the other options then to make snow, just curious?
post #17 of 24
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What are the other options then to make snow, just curious?
Very thin crushed Ice

post #18 of 24
skifex

Do you still have connections with the austrian skiing team? They are on a training camp in snowworld.nl, just discovered that .
You can see them slalomming in the upper-left corner during daytime .
post #19 of 24
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I will be in Neuss (ski test and workshop) on sept. 8th and 9th. If anybody is interested to join us just let me know.

nicola
post #20 of 24
What kind of ski testing occurs in a hermetic environment?
post #21 of 24
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I will bring different models and prototypes of our production to try out for those who are interested. The indoor conditions are ideally suited to find out basic characteristics on skis, because of constant contidions throughout the whole day.
post #22 of 24
Is there any of these systems in the USA?
post #23 of 24
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Is there any of these systems in the USA?
What do you mean with systems?
post #24 of 24
Indoor ski centers.
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