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Skiing

Skiing is a popular sport that takes place on snow, artificial surfaces and more recently, on indoor artificial snow slopes. It can be undertaken as a leisure activity or competitive sport and is suitable for most ages.

See Also:
Skiing, Snowboarding

An Overview of Skiing

Competitive skiing falls into two categories: Nordic and Alpine. These can then be further broken down into specific disciplines:

  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Ski jumping
  • Nordic combine
  • Combined Alpine skiing
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Salom Skiing
  • Giant slalom
  • Super-G
  • Para-alpine.
  • Freestyle skiing: includes mogul skiing, aerials, ski cross, half-pipe, and slopestyle.

Benefits

At its most basic, skiing offers a low-impact full-body workout. The whole body is involved with arms, core and legs receiving an equal workout. This ensures that no single muscle group is overstretched or stressed.

Costs

As part of GO SKI GO BOARD, all UK ski slopes offer equipment hire and tuition all inclusive in the cost. Artificial Slopes are dotted around the country and slightly cheaper to attend and for those looking for indoor snow, there are 5 across England.

You can typically take part in a GO SKI GO BOARD taster lesson for £11 (estimated national average) and to complete a beginners course (4-6hr) in the UK you can expect a cost between £85 (estimated national average).

Involvement

There are beginners classes all over the country, and you can pick up the basics quickly. So if you like the cold, the rush of speed and adrenaline then give it a go!

Getting involved is easy as there is a network of indoor snow centres and outdoor ski slopes across the UK. Visit www.goskigoboard.org.uk to find your nearest slope or club.

Equipment

Equipment used in skiing includes:

  • skis, which may have skins or wax applied for traction
  • Boots and bindings
  • poles
  • helmets and ski suits

Modern-day skis are of a shorter length, with reinforced edges and an advanced binding system that binds it to a plastic boot. There are a wide variety of skis for all types of skiing disciplines.

Facts

  • You can burn anything upto 400 calories per hour skiing
  • 'Skiing' is the only six-letter word in the English language with a double 'i' exactly in the middle.
  • Great Britain has one of the Top 30 Ski racers in the world - Dave Ryding. Dave started skiing on the dry slope in Pendle, Lancashire.
  • The next Winter Olympics is to be held in South Korea at Pyeongchang Resort. For the first time ever, Snowboard Big Air will be introduced as an Olympic Discipline.
  • You can reach speeds faster than cars! The fastest speed ever on skis is 156 miles p/hour recorded in 2015 by Italian speed-skier Simone Origone. Current downhill racers such as Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller exceed speeds of 86 miles p/hour during competition.

Find Skiing Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

30 Days of Snowsport

Tue, 01 Oct 2019

30 Days of Snowsport is all about trying to create a buzz about snowsports on a national and a local level ahead of the new winter season.

National Schools Snowsport Week

Mon, 24 Jun 2019

Giving young people the opportunity to get into snowsport for potentially the first time, to give them a new experience and potentially a hobby for life!

National Governing Bodies

Snowsport England

Contact Name
Claire / Gareth (Office)
Contact Email
info@snowsportengland.org.uk
Contact Telephone
01509 232323

SnowDome (Tamworth)

The ultimate snow, ice & leisure experience.

Telford Ski Centre

Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre is located on the outskirts of Madeley. It is the ideal facility from which to learn to ski or improve your techniques before your winter holiday.

1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group is located in Woodville in the Heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire. Join us on our adventure! Face the challenges, develop new skills, work as a team and make lasting memories.

Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding

Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding

If you are already of the basic recreational standard of being able to do linked turns, control your speed and direction and use our button lift then you can use our slope for Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding!

£5 per head for National Schools Snowsport Week

£5 per head for National Schools Snowsport Week

£5 per head beginners sessions for National Schools Snowsport Week.

Groups must be maximum of 10 and a minimum of 6- mention 'National Schools Snowsport Week' to get the discount!

Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding

Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding

If you are already of the basic recreational standard of being able to do linked turns, control your speed and direction and use our button lift then you can use our slope for Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding!

Snowplough - Parallel Plus

Snowplough - Parallel Plus

On Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:45pm we have a Snowplough/Parallel Plus lesson. There are 15 minutes at the start and end of the session to practice before and after the 1 hour of coaching in between.

Wednesday Value Morning

Wednesday Value Morning

Join us on our Wednesday Morning Club for an informal coaching session from 10am - 1pm.

Instructor Training

Instructor Training

If you are aged over 16 and can do basic parallel turns, why not join our Instructor Training Sessions that run on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Ackers Adventure.

Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding

Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding

If you are already of the basic recreational standard of being able to do linked turns, control your speed and direction and use our button lift then you can use our slope for Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding!

Go Skiing

Go Skiing

The session teaches you everything you need to know about skiing for just £14pp in a relaxed environment and is also a great opportunity to meet like minded people. It aims to teach you to become a recreational skier over a period of weeks in preparation for more advanced sessions that we offer.

£5 Taster Session

£5 Taster Session

At a special introductory price of only £5, a 1.5 hour dry slope ski session for everyone who can already use a drag lift and ski using basic linked turns, or better!. Our qualified coaches will give you instruction and help you decide which one of our Tuesday, Thursday or Friday sessions would be the best for you.

Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding

Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding

If you are already of the basic recreational standard of being able to do linked turns, control your speed and direction and use our button lift then you can use our slope for Recreational Skiing or Snowboarding!