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Sheffield Ski Village!!!
Member Name: Bombtrack
Date: 08/11/00, updated on 08/11/00 (1478 review reads)
Advantages: Absolutely amazing!!!
Disadvantages: It'll cost you, but it's worth it.
This is the coolest and the best by far dry ski slope, or even artificially made slope in Britain. It's better than the Snowdome in Tamworth, but unfortunately doesn?t get as much hype.
I was amazed when I stood at the bottom of this recently upgraded slope. They have just recently changed the material of the right-hand side slope. Instead of the usual that most people are used to (the matting with the regular arrangement of diagonal holes, backed with metal) they now have 'snowplex', I know it as. This has no regular lattice of holes; instead it is full completely with the white stuff. It is up to 12 inches thick in certain places, and is very soft. It is so lush to ride. And it is also far safer, with softer landings if you fall, and you no longer have the problem of getting your hands trapped in the holes, which has led to very painful accidents in the past.
There was also an older slope, made from the original stuff, on which mostly beginners rode on. It wasn't very nice, or easy to ride for me.
I was trying out an up and coming sport called SKI BOARDING during my visit there. If you want to know more about that sport, you'll find it under 'sport equipment > Salamon'. Or, 'Ski and Snowboarding > Both'. Check it out.
The first thing I found different abou their slope was the lift, it was a T-bar lift. Firstly it was twice as fast as the one I'm used to. It wasn't that hard to get used to though.
The main attraction however, which is so cool, is the huge half-pipe at the top of the slope. Also made of the new snowplex material, it felt great to ride. With the run up to it you could get some good height, I was most impressed with one snowboarder gaining sick air of the lip, and pulling of some sweet grabs!
It gets better: running off from the left-hand side of the half-pipe was a box-jump. This basically cons
isted of a very steep slope, dropping down towards the turn-up of the ramp below. This gives enough speed to get huge air, enough to fit in a flip. Then there is a straight run down towards the finish.
These two are so conveniently placed, allowing you to make a great run, with a good combo of tricks in each run. That's if you?re good enough of course. I have also heard that they now have a quarter-pipe, and a grind rail towards the bottom of the slope.
I almost forgot (that's because there's no way you'd ever get me doing this!), but there are these two, very long, very steep, and dangerously narrow runs leading down towards two big ramps. If you've got the guts to going down either of these tracks, you would soon find yourself being elevated up a ramp high into the air, and back down into a big pool of cold, cold water. Giving you loads of air time to put as many tricks into one combo, or to try and triple backflip or something crazy like that. Unfortunately during my visit there was no one mad enough to attempt it.
The rest of the venue was very good too. They have a nice bar serving good, but expensive food, and then lots of conveniently placed vending machines. They also a Snow and Rock store there. This is a good store supplying lots of clothes and equipment for out door and snow activities.
For the day, it cost me around £16 including ski pass, and all day access to the slope. That didn?t however include costs of hire, as we took our own equipment, and then there are the costs of food and travel. I expect it amounts to a total of about £25 for the day there. But it really is worth it, a great experience and chance to test and develop your abilities.
My only quibble is that is so inconveniently placed, in Sheffield towards the north.
However, there is also the Snowdome in Tamworth, which has also had recent developments, and various other places, such as the Glouce
ster ski and snowboard centre, which has a quarter-pipe made of snowplex, and has big plans for one of their slopes.
The Sheffield Ski Village also offers lessons on snowboarding and skiing. I'm not sure about the ski boarding.
You can contact them to find out more on:
0114 276 9459
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