5 Indoor Snow Centres to Practice Your Ski Moves This Summer
So the winter season is just about coming to an end in many places and Summer is creeping in. For those of you that have not had enough snow or may not have been able to hit the slopes this year try one of these 5 indoor snow centers and destinations to practice your moves.
SnowWorld - Landgraaf, Netherlands
One of the largest indoor ski resorts in the World. SnowWorld in the Netherlands has over 35,000 square meters of pistes over 5 slopes ranging from blue, greens and a red one. The Eiger slope is a fun park for freestyle snowboarders' and skiers.
With 9 professional ski lifts, there is little waiting time to get one keeping the flow of skiers/boarders constantly moving. Even children have their own lifts giving confidence and knowing they will be safe. A children's area is also set up for tobogganing.
The complex offers food and drink in the two restaurants on site. They also offer specials and barbeque's some weekends. Alternatively if the snow is not for you head for the shops for some retail fun.
SnoZone - England, UK
Sat inside the Xscape in England, it is one of Europe's award winning entertainment centers. Although not one of the largest indoor ski slopes, with only 170 meters of piste it does have a fun factor to it. There are slopes for beginners and novices to try out their skills.
Children will especially enjoy it with a park just for them. There they can have toboggan and ice sliding sessions. Novice lessons can also be bought to show you how to use the lifts, control speed and direction and get down the slopes safely.
Other activities at Xscape on offer are rock climbing, bowling, cinemas and indoor sky diving. The complex also holds a number of shops and restaurants letting you shop, eat and play all in one place. There are 3 Xscape centers in the UK, choose from visiting the one in Yorkshire, Braehead or the most popular one in Milton Keynes.
A great park for beginners and experienced skiers alike, there is three ski lifts, a jump, a special area just for snow boarders and over 1,200 square meters zone for novices.
Head to the SnowPlanet restaurant to enjoy a meal whilst watching the action on the snow. Rental gear is also on offer and a qualified ski school should you want to brush up your techniques.
New Developments in Sweden
Sweden is also in the process of developing Skipark 360°, a brand new resort set to be the largest indoor ski resort in the world and the only one which could cater for the World Cup. Looking to launch at the end of 2013, the park will offer ski slopes, a cross country tunnel, a snowboarding park, ice hockey and figure skating. Not only will it be largest but it is also planned that the snow park with be 100% self sufficient using sources such as solar power, wind power, geothermal heating and hydro power.