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The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Spring & Summer 2017

 Poster: A snowHead
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Yesterday was my first time on skis in about a month after tweaking knee and ankle ligaments during the winter. Such is the level of my excitement to be skiing again I thought I'd do a snow report from The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead Happy

You definitely know that winter is over as the slope was very quiet, with just a trainee snowboard instructor course, a handful of the regulars, the clinic I was running, and as the morning went on a few recreational skiers including a couple of kids who I'm sure were bunking off school! As a result there were zero lift queues and the snow stayed in excellent condition until 2pm when I finished. There were a couple of small freestyle features on the slope ready for the Thursday evening freestyle sessions, but they took hardly any space to the main slope was in great shape and perfect for training on. The snow stayed firm and grippy all morning, although the soft fresh snow that was made overnight caught a couple of people out first thing resulting in a couple f comedy falls!

Welcome back to summer at Hemel Happy


Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Fri 28-04-17 17:17; edited 1 time in total
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I'm there tomorrow for a flatland day. Hopefully it will be just as quiet.
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And I've just booked two IOS clinics. Very Happy
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Hurtle wrote:
And I've just booked two IOS clinics. Very Happy


If you want to use the opportunity for dinner at mine, let me know...
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Sssh, don't tell everyone Rob, they'll all turn up and spoil it!
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Really quiet at the Centre today and the snow was in good nick so we were able to get a bit creative during a clinic Toofy Grin


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@skimottaret, I KNEW it was going to be that one! Laughing
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The guy in back is only been skiing a few weeks and did quite well. First attempt wasn't so succesfull Skullie Skullie A few familiar faces in the dome today and the snow was loose on top but a good firm base that didn't break up.
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Saw some kids doing this in Val D last week, only pulling 360's all the time down the OK run prior to timed GS runs down there, very impressive exercise.
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@endoman, we call those "hurricanes", don't usually do those with adults but the kids love em. sometimes will get 3 or 4 in a ring and it always ends up with funny crashes.
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The snow at hemel isn't quite as smooth as that by 8pm on a Sunday! Lots of bumps and hard scoured bits when i was there earlier.
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@Maireadoconnor, I filmed that about 3 pm on the bank holiday weekend. Snow held quite well but cant say I have ever been there at 8PM on a Sunday, thats dedication !!
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@Maireadoconnor, I didn't think it was that bad my L3s coped ok Smile
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@skimottaret, internet fame at last Smile
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@Little Martin, I imagine it was character forming for them! Good work getting your L3s onto the main slope; I had a full roster of ten L1s so I didn't cover quite so much ground.

@skimottaret, I was being paid to be there Smile 8pm felt easier than the usual 10pm during the winter
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I'm under strict instructions to get some skiing in over the next few months seeing as the last couple of seasons have been a bit quiet for me (family, friends and work having conspired to keep me from the slopes). As Arnie once said, "I'll be back".
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Second day back on skis yesterday, ankle still too sore but getting better. Nice to see a bunch of snowHeads having some fun and getting some practice in. It was a bit busier than the midweek day I skied last week, but never any lift queues and fairly quiet on the main slope. Frustratingly there was a freestyle course running so from late morning they put out a few freestyle features which narrowed the slope a little, but generally the snow stayed in good shape until mid-afternoon.

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Great conditions today, best of "the season" so far wink Very quiet, especially in the afternoon when there seemed to be fewer than a dozen people on the main slope. Snow stayed in great shape, perfect for training on. Happy days!
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incase anyone finds this useful:

Sunday this weekend will have private freestyle park on the roller and maybe some boxes/rails near the bottom of the left hand lift. I got a feeling there is something going on in the afternoon on Saturday as well.
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