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I wish we could move with the times!
Member Name: Pyrexx
Date: 17/02/11, updated on 17/02/11 (30 review reads)
Advantages: wide range of facilities
Disadvantages: dry slopes are pretty obsolete
I currently work at Sheffield Ski Village, but it looks like another member of staff beat me to it here!
I've spent a lot of time riding and training in loads of resorts / facilities. As dry slopes go, SSV isn't bad. There are plenty of facilities, on and off the slope including plenty of freestyle features (they have their very own airbag! Not something you see very often.)
The main slope is split into two. One is more for standard riding and the other takes you through the freestyle features. Surfaces are made of both Snowflex and Dendex (think astroturf only white)
SSV has some great instructors and all the staff are friendly and helpful. Loads of really great boarders and skiers train regularly.
Personally I don't think that dry slopes can compare with real snow. I find that when I'm teaching students on snow, they can reach twice the standard in half the time as they can on dry slope. I've been told it's better for skiing than it is for snowboarding, but as I don't really ski too any high enough standard to tell, I won't comment. I can say that I find it tricky to ride on dry slopes and I'm an instructor who's been snowboarding for 10 years. But, if you learn on dry slope, you'll be able to ride just about any snow! There are so many indoor snowdomes in easy reach of Sheffield. It was actually proposed to update SSV to an indoor snow slope a few years back, but it was declined. This makes me really sad. An indoor snow slope here would do brilliantly!
The slope and some facilities are badly in need to repair. Much of the matting is getting worn, and the equipment has seen better days.
But the adventure playgrounds and the quad bikes are amazing. They have really tasty curly fries and it's in SHEFFIELD!!
ps. I just read the other two reviews. They're both from like, 10 years ago. They're very out of date, SSV has changed hands several times since then and LOADS is different. Read those reviews with a pinch of salt maybe.
Summary: I personally prefer real snow
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