Published on February 12, 2014 | by Fayrouz Essack

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London: Get your skis on!

With the Winter Olympics now in full swing – you can’t help but ask the question: what does a Londoner do who wants to learn to ski, but who can’t afford Verbier or Meribel? I went along to Skiplex in Chiswick which has an ‘endless slope’ – described by instructor James as a ‘skiing treadmill’.

Are you brave enough to face the slope?

It goes at a maximum of 25 miles an hour – and anyone from beginners to seasoned pros can get on the slope. Mum of two Catherine has taken both of her sons – aged 2 and 6 – on the slope, and she says her elder son Harry managed well on the snow after being introduced on the dry slope. Skiier Tim agrees that, while it’s not ‘The Real McCoy’ it’s definitely good to get the skiing sensation and be able to practice.

What size are you?Instructor Drew pointed out that there are other facilities – such as the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead – where he’s seen some brilliant snowboarding talent. Many people agreed that while the UK’s not a nation hugely into snowsports, if there were more facilities available – as well as more funding, and easier accessibility – then we could be promoting more talent on the slopes and ice.

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