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Snow dome visit worthwhile for experienced skiers?

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Nothing wrong with one leg skiing as a drill in the right circumstances. The people I don't understand in domes are the straight downers, 2 massive skidded turns to stop at the bottom and repeat. I suppose they are having fun.
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endoman wrote:
Nothing wrong with one leg skiing as a drill in the right circumstances. The people I don't understand in domes are the straight downers, 2 massive skidded turns to stop at the bottom and repeat. I suppose they are having fun.


Yes, they weren't idiots because they were skiing backwards but because they later lined up across the slope and had a race down - and they weren't good enough to do that safely.
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-"Snow dome visit worthwhile for experienced skiers?"
-No
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kedsky wrote:
-"Snow dome visit worthwhile for experienced skiers?"
-No
Do you think experienced skiers can't be challenged on a short, gentle slope? Do you think experienced skiers can't develop their skills on a short, gentle slope?
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I don't think they are as bad as people are making out - of course it's not the mountains but I learned to board on one and it got me to an OK standard in a day. Good enough to go for a full week of boarding from day 1 anyway!

I'm going before my trip this year for a 3 hour lesson just to make sure I'm not doing anything desperately stupid (I probably am), and if I get bored of the lesson I am going to try to start riding switch - a dome is the perfect place to try this, don't want to waste piste time on a baby slope.

If there was a slope anywhere in the south west of England I'd be in there all the time I think.
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On the OP, boredom sets in pretty quickly. That's why their pricing structure is the way it is. I visited Tamworth the day it opened, and also MK and HH - if you've never been then it's certainly an experience. Quiet times are best as the patrol can be lax.

rob@rar wrote:
...Do you think experienced skiers can't be challenged on a short, gentle slope? Do you think experienced skiers can't develop their skills on a short, gentle slope?
A different question. "experienced" doesn't really narrow it down as skiing's full of "expert beginners".
It's rare to come across good UK-based skiers who didn't at one time make significant use of artificial slopes. However most get bored with them.

Using an artificial slope to switch discipline or learn something new sounds like a good idea.
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kedsky wrote:
-"Snow dome visit worthwhile for experienced skiers?"
-No


Nonsense, a good instructor will make you work hard, question your "expertise", cry and come back for more.
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@Oleski, Laughing
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Oleski wrote:
kedsky wrote:
-"Snow dome visit worthwhile for experienced skiers?"
-No


Nonsense, a good instructor will make you work hard, question your "expertise", cry and come back for more.


You've been taught by @Rob, then? Toofy Grin
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Any drills for a Level 6 skier interested in broadening skills (eg park, bumps) rather than deepening them (carving bores me) gratefully received Smile
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Pastorius wrote:
If there was a slope anywhere in the south west of England I'd be in there all the time I think.


Likewise, and once the slope at Swindon is built, i'm hoping to get there fairly regularly, it's about 1hr from mine.
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swskier wrote:
Pastorius wrote:
If there was a slope anywhere in the south west of England I'd be in there all the time I think.


Likewise, and once the slope at Swindon is built, i'm hoping to get there fairly regularly, it's about 1hr from mine.


Freestyle nights are pretty good at Tamworth but it's around £120 for 4 weeks, plus parking and travel so quite expensive. That's obviously if you haven't got any freeloading kids in tow too!!

I always find Tamworth less busy after 4pm
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Red Leon wrote:
Oleski wrote:
kedsky wrote:
-"Snow dome visit worthwhile for experienced skiers?"
-No


Nonsense, a good instructor will make you work hard, question your "expertise", cry and come back for more.


You've been taught by @Rob, then? Toofy Grin
You beat me to it! Except I wouldn't have omitted Scott, who has probably got me closer to crying than Rob has. Laughing No matter - I'm a masochist. Toofy Grin
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I go once a year just to scratch the itch, an hour is as much as I need though as it's just repetitive as many have said before me.

I'll take a few hours off work mid week and go with MrsHD or a skiing mate, never at weekend and certainly not over Christmas.
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wallport wrote:
Hi all, thinking of booking a day at Tamworth snowdome (closest to Cardiff I think) over Christmas as a day out for the family (mum, dad 50's and two sons mid 20's). Would just like opinions on whether its worth it or if people will become bored after the first hour.

None of us know anyone who has visited a snowdome so don't know what to expect. e.g. are ski/boot hire included in the price?

TIA

Wallport


I used to live quite close to the Hemel one and went there fairly often. Obviously, it's not the same as having miles of uninterrupted piste, but I'd say it was preferable to visiting a dry slope. Or not skiing at all, which is the other option that most of us face for 50 or 51 weeks a year.

I wouldn't necessarily make a specific trip for it, but if you're passing I'd say go for it. Unsurprisingly, it's much like skiing down 150 metres of a real blue slope over and over again. The snow feels totally natural, the piste grooming is usually good and they include a few jumps and rails and things that can make life more interesting even if that's not normally your thing.
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swskier wrote:
Pastorius wrote:
If there was a slope anywhere in the south west of England I'd be in there all the time I think.


Likewise, and once the slope at Swindon is built, i'm hoping to get there fairly regularly, it's about 1hr from mine.


2 hours from me! But I'd still love it to get built. What I'm more excited about is the one in Merthyr Tydfil that's being proposed - longest indoor slope in the world it would be!
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Okay, I'm not an "experienced" skier, but I'll happily do a 4 or even a 6 hour stint in the Chillfactore. I've done 76 hours since the last BirthdayBash in Februaury. If I lived closer, I'd have done loads more. I live an hour and three quarters away. The way I view it; it's all good practice and it beats the hell out of doing DIY or gardening. But then I'm still relatively new to it. Having said that, I can't see the novelty wearing off any time soon (thankfully). snowHead It's like a drug. I simply love skiing, of any sort. I do loose my rag when they close a button lift to carry out scheduled maintenance; which could have been done at night. But other than that I really enjoy it.

It's even more fun when they have the moguls set up. Toofy Grin
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Hurtle wrote:
Red Leon wrote:
Oleski wrote:
kedsky wrote:
-"Snow dome visit worthwhile for experienced skiers?"
-No


Nonsense, a good instructor will make you work hard, question your "expertise", cry and come back for more.


You've been taught by @Rob, then? Toofy Grin
You beat me to it! Except I wouldn't have omitted Scott, who has probably got me closer to crying than Rob has. Laughing No matter - I'm a masochist. Toofy Grin


Just in case anyone reading this gets the wrong impression, I was being facetious, of course.
For the record, I have spent quite a bit of time under Rob's watchful eye and, though there have been frustrations at my lack of progress (and prowess!), the only scary bit I can remember was the 'skiing with your eyes shut with only a distant voice for guidance' exercise. I can't claim to be a skilled skier even now but what skills I have are largely thanks to Rob's tuition Embarassed

Scott, however.....
2 hours into my first (and only!) lesson with him in San Cassiano, I fell, bent some teeth and spilled some of my precious blood on the piste.
I didn't actually blub but I felt like I might when I realised had to come home the next day rolling eyes
I must stress that Scott was in no way to blame for me falling but the association between Scott and blood was established in that instant. If I could kick him in the shin or something, perhaps I could exorcise the demon and move on Toofy Grin wink
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Pastorius wrote:
swskier wrote:
Pastorius wrote:
If there was a slope anywhere in the south west of England I'd be in there all the time I think.


Likewise, and once the slope at Swindon is built, i'm hoping to get there fairly regularly, it's about 1hr from mine.


2 hours from me! But I'd still love it to get built.


Swindon isn't the SW, it's the North!
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@Red Leon, I think you undersold your San Cassiano story, by a considerable margin. I don't know anyone who has taken a ski in the face in a high speed crash. It's quite a tale!

And thank you for your kind comments Happy
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Red Leon wrote:
Oleski wrote:
kedsky wrote:
-"Snow dome visit worthwhile for experienced skiers?"
-No


Nonsense, a good instructor will make you work hard, question your "expertise", cry and come back for more.


You've been taught by @Rob, then? Toofy Grin


Rob and Scott both. You do get a hoody after a while, so it's worth it ⛷️
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wallport wrote:
Hi all, thinking of booking a day at Tamworth snowdome (closest to Cardiff I think) over Christmas as a day out for the family (mum, dad 50's and two sons mid 20's). Would just like opinions on whether its worth it or if people will become bored after the first hour.

None of us know anyone who has visited a snowdome so don't know what to expect. e.g. are ski/boot hire included in the price?

TIA

Wallport


Well worth a visit.
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My own San Cass incident luckily involved no injury - surprisingly, when you look at the photographic evidence.
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Just in case anyone reading this gets the wrong impression, I was being facetious, of course.

Me too, natch. The fact that I am still skiing at all, let alone with enough skill to enjoy it, is entirely down to Rob and Scott, and also Husky Dave.
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SnoodlesMcFlude wrote:
Pastorius wrote:
swskier wrote:
Pastorius wrote:
If there was a slope anywhere in the south west of England I'd be in there all the time I think.


Likewise, and once the slope at Swindon is built, i'm hoping to get there fairly regularly, it's about 1hr from mine.


2 hours from me! But I'd still love it to get built.


Swindon isn't the SW, it's the North!


To be fair, it's above the M4 which is officially the North/South divide.
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You never know when you may need to ski with one leg Toofy Grin A couple of centuries ago I was in a group at the top of La Grave when one of the party had a binding just pull out of her ski. The gentleman guide lent her his skis and skied to the bottom on her remaining good one.

Edit :- ah, I see that I was replying to the post at the bottom of page 1, please excuse, it's my age you know.
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for new boots or skis, its worth it, - because you cant wait, and can also ensure boots are ok. Other than that, a good place to learn for beginners.
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Yoda wrote:
You never know when you may need to ski with one leg :-


A useful skill, even for mere mortals but there's skiing on one leg and there's Bode Miller..
http://youtube.com/v/QHxmVRXoVMA]
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@Red Leon, I never tire of watching that. Absolutely amazing.
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I do a couple of times a year in december at manchester..two hours and breakfast for £15. .. better than nothing, gets your ski legs back... but after an hour im ready for breakfast
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My favourite one ski video is this. Proper skill and calmness here,
http://youtube.com/v/ROEhaFO-MrM
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@endoman, That's cool.
And I thought for a moment she had a SH sticker on her right ski Laughing
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@Red Leon, Have only had a couple of injuries while teaching but yours was the worst accident I have had in 12 years of teaching... still fell bad about it... Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad You did well not to pass out...

Here is an experienced skier I worked with once a month this summer and he made some good improvements... check out.

Professional Development Clinics from InsideOutSkiing
https://vimeo.com/372121088
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skimottaret wrote:
@Red Leon, Have only had a couple of injuries while teaching but yours was the worst accident I have had in 12 years of teaching... still fell bad about it... Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad You did well not to pass out...


Despite appearances, it seems I'm just well 'ard Toofy Grin
No blame attached to you, Scott so there's no need to feel bad about it.
And, besides, I got allocated to @Rob's group for the next 2 years so I've no complaints! wink
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I think it's ok for training. If you've got some goal to focus on with drills it makes it a lot less boring. Plus there's more of a social side if you're with a group. It's much better when the moguls come out. They're addictive.
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Interesting to see that Graham Bell, ex-World cup downhiller and Ski Sunday presenter, is training at Hemel today (on a CPD for his instructor licence).
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