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 if they want to learn to ski, but can’t afford Verbier or Meribel? To find some answers I went along to Skiplex in Chiswick, which has an ‘endless slope’ – described by instructor James as a ‘skiing treadmill’.
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 – and she says her elder son Harry was able to ski 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.
– Skiier Chemmy Alcott was back in action after recovering from injuries – including a double leg fracture.
– She was all smiles when she overcame the odds to finish nineteenth in the women’s downhill skiing this morning.
– Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Slovenia’s Tina Maze, tied for the gold.
– Both of Team GB’s curling teams are in action today:
– Our women lost 9-6 in a close match with Canada earlier.
– Canada leads the tables along with Switzerland who also have three wins.
– Great Britain’s women are lying in seventh place.
– Our men are playing Sweden later this afternoon.
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 of the skiiers agreed that the UK’s not a nation where snow sports are traditionally – or easily – taught to our schoolkids. However, if there are more facilities that become available – as well as more funding for these sports – we could definitely see more UK talent on the slopes and ice in Peongchang 2018.
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