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Old 06-12-2013, 08:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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For those of us on this side of the "Pond,.." You're getting lessons NOW? You're talking about some "Indoor" snowboard/man made snow type facility?? How does that work? what are the "Slopes" like? Vert.? Degree of angle, etc.? Is it mostly park feature type training/lessons? Must be crowded as hell being confined indoors? Share some details!

I'm curious about this. I want to know if this kind of facility is something worth wishing we had here in the MidWest!
the slopes are around 100m in length they get very busy in winter but summer is pretty quiet I was at my local one yesterday there was an scuk meet and skiers doing slalom but still had loads of room they have park rails/kickers on a Thursday and Friday every week!

check out www.snozone.Co.uk I go to the Castleford one its also where I learnt pretty expensive if your not a member but good fun!
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That's cool, i am over regularly, so if you want someone to meet you there that is possible as well, as i said, i lived in Croydon for years and Sutton before that, so know the area and am always happy to help someone who has a love for the sport, it is more an an outing for me when i go shopping, always get tea and biscuits when i turn up at the shop...

Keep us up to date with the lessons, there are a couple of others on here that board from there as well, so you will make friends with the same interest and at the same kind of level as well...

Just be realistic with your progress, it is hard unless you live next door to a slope to become able to do what you think you will be able to do, but that does not mean you will not have fun, and you will certainly improve with all the trips you take, even just a couple of hours a month, so just think that the progression to start will be fast, but it does start to slow down the better you get, as you just cannot get the time in like others can, but any progression is a good think if you enjoy it....
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
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For those of us on this side of the "Pond,.." You're getting lessons NOW? You're talking about some "Indoor" snowboard/man made snow type facility?? How does that work? what are the "Slopes" like? Vert.? Degree of angle, etc.? Is it mostly park feature type training/lessons? Must be crowded as hell being confined indoors? Share some details!

I'm curious about this. I want to know if this kind of facility is something worth wishing we had here in the MidWest!
Hey, in answer to your question, this probably explains a little better, MOST indoor "real snow" slopes are 160m long, and have 2 drag lifts, not sure on angle but believe the norm is 14-16 degrees, on this i may be wrong.

The busiest are probably freestyle nights which are nearly always towards the end of the week thurs-sat and are not so bad for all year round...



This is typically how busy it gets on a freestyle night although they can get a little busier...

You can also book lessons with private companys for freestyle days for lessons and quicker progression, but you must meet a certain standard to be able to attend, so the freestyle is normally those with at least a week or 2 holidays under there belt, but they do start from an early stage in your snowboarding...
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For those of us on this side of the "Pond,.." You're getting lessons NOW? You're talking about some "Indoor" snowboard/man made snow type facility?? How does that work? what are the "Slopes" like? Vert.? Degree of angle, etc.? Is it mostly park feature type training/lessons? Must be crowded as hell being confined indoors? Share some details!

I'm curious about this. I want to know if this kind of facility is something worth wishing we had here in the MidWest!
Haha... I was wondering too, but primarly cause of the location. South England?! It's flat there, isn't it...!?
Ok, the indoor explains why it's possible. Made me wondering if this exists in Switzerland cause I've never heard of it. And yes, there is one indoor ski facility: but not on a slope, it's a "rolling carpet" now this looks really ridiculous... (where is the speed shifter?!) guess, I prefer to wait till December swiss indoor skiing :: Home
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Haha... I was wondering too, but primarly cause of the location. South England?! It's flat there, isn't it...!?
Ok, the indoor explains why it's possible. Made me wondering if this exists in Switzerland cause I've never heard of it. And yes, there is one indoor ski facility: but not on a slope, it's a "rolling carpet" now this looks really ridiculous... (where is the speed shifter?!) guess, I prefer to wait till December swiss indoor skiing :: Home
...Yeah, If I was a Park Guy, I suppose this sort of place would excite me more! Although with my recent irrational fear of deliberately trying to get "Air," (...accidentally became airborne end of 11/12 season & sort of freaked me out! Now I've got a BIG mental block!) I guess a small, controlled jump feature like the one I saw in the vid would be a good way to work on overcoming that. Truthfully tho,.. I think a couple of days of DEEP POW riding & trying would work the best!!!

OP, good luck on the lessons, welcome to the addiction!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:53 PM   #16 (permalink)
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That's cool, i am over regularly, so if you want someone to meet you there that is possible as well, as i said, i lived in Croydon for years and Sutton before that, so know the area and am always happy to help someone who has a love for the sport, it is more an an outing for me when i go shopping, always get tea and biscuits when i turn up at the shop...

Keep us up to date with the lessons, there are a couple of others on here that board from there as well, so you will make friends with the same interest and at the same kind of level as well...

Just be realistic with your progress, it is hard unless you live next door to a slope to become able to do what you think you will be able to do, but that does not mean you will not have fun, and you will certainly improve with all the trips you take, even just a couple of hours a month, so just think that the progression to start will be fast, but it does start to slow down the better you get, as you just cannot get the time in like others can, but any progression is a good think if you enjoy it....

Cheers mate appreciate the help, we're going to try and go as often as we can espically being new to it don't want to leave it too long before getting back on the slope, as long as we both gain abit more experiance each time we go then we're happy as tey say time wasn't built over nite.

It probably takes us about 1.5hrs to get there but it's well worth, as a rough guide what sort of money are we talking for the kit plus boards and bindings, not saying I'm going out tomorrow to buy it all as I'm a fair way from that stage yet just like to get a rough guide to start saving the pennies.
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:43 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Realistically, you need to think about between 1000 and 1500 each, but that would get you GOOD gear on everything, you can do it cheaper, but if you get into it and want to holiday every year for the next 5-10 years then the same gear would be good for 2 weeks a year...

If you buy cheaper you will hate it, wish you had sent the little bit more on the decent jacket, helmet, goggles, boots, etc etc....

The board boots and bindings are clearly the most important, then followed by safety, maybe gloves with built in wrist guards, bum pants, as you progress maybe a spine protector, then clothes, which are just as important, but less so if you understand...

I would suggest getting in at least 6-8 trips to Hemel, and then you seriously need to think about the board, boots and bindings as you will progress faster using something more appropriate, that you will use every time, i know this is not always the case, but boots will mould to fit, and they fit bindings differently and react differently as well, so it is all cutting down on the possibility of it being different once you become "stable" on a board...

Anytime between now and August maybe september is a good time to buy in terms of last years goods, as you get good deals, but once it is gone it is gone, and you pay FULL price on next years then and that can be a huge difference...

Also, remember that the Ski and Snow show is in Earls Court in November this year, i will be over for that as always, can pick up some cool stuff from there as well, and some bargains but not normally boards etc, just clothing and accessories, if you fancy going i can give you more details, and i can probably get free passes for that as well... I normally go on the Thursday or Friday as i hate the crowds at the weekend...
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To be fair I though it would be about that much but hey it's a sport with risks so want to get the right gear etc, we're deffinatly going to go Hemel a few more time before considering splashing out on out own stuff but will invest later on espically if we go away as well,

Earls court sounds good I'll have to look into it abit more an that will probably be about the time we start getting out own gear as well, do you guys wear goggles as well as the lids
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Do you value your head...??? If so wear a helmet, it is that simple...! You will try lots of various different sizes types styles and will pick one that fits well, they are important, my last helmet is made by Sweet Protection...

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That is not to say that you need to spend that much... 50 will get you a stylish suitable helmet that will protect you as you need, i have broken a few of them, which is not really a surprise as i fall alot, and like anything that keeps getting hit, sooner or later there is no point in using it as it offers no protection... But they generally last me 2 years with 200+ days riding over that period...

Goggles, funny thing with goggles, YOU DO NOT NEED THEM until you go on holiday, haha, and if you see people wearing them in the dome, please laugh at them, there is just no need when inside... However, when you venture into the world of real slopes, they are a must, if it snows you need to be able to see, if you don't have them you can't see... It is really simple, when you start thinking about gear worry about them then... Until then, indoors you don't...!!!
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We both said even if it's not compolsary to where a helmet on the slopes we will as neither of us fancy taking a whack on the bonce without it being protected, I did think googles would only be for the outdoor slopes for snow glair etc and to be fair we haven't seen anyone using them in doors yet.

50 for a helmet is pretty fair to be honest I've paid alot more for motorbike ones and that's an area I'm not worried about spending too much on as it'll help save your life
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