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Norfolk Ski Club

Updated on June 20, 2010

Skiing. In England?

England isn’t really known for its skiing. We don’t really have the weather for it – apart from a few days in January, when the whole country grinds to a halt because of the ice. And even if England did have the climate, one thing is for sure; Norfolk wouldn’t be the place to go.  Norfolk in East Anglia is well known for its “flatness”; there’s hardly a hill to be seen for miles, so not really ideal for a skiing extravaganza. But wait – what about the Norfolk Ski Club?

Norfolk Ski Club - Mian Slope

The main slope at Norfolk Ski Club - another successful descent
The main slope at Norfolk Ski Club - another successful descent

The Norfolk Ski Club

Despite the flatness of the Norfolk, there is indeed a Norfolk Ski Club. Although you won’t get to ski on real snow at the ski club, you can practice your skiing skills on the dry ski slope.

There are three slopes for you to choose from:

The beginners slope

This is ideal for anybody who wants to give this skiing a go. There are always lessons available. You can join a structured lesson, or have a private lesson – whatever you think you need to get upright! This slope isn’t too high. Although when you’re not used to travelling with your feet strapped to a couple of bits of plastic, it can seem quiet high enough

The intermediate slope

I’ve never been on the intermediate slope, although this probably says more about my lack of skiing experience, than anything else. This seems to be a general purpose skiing slope, which is also used for “tubing” (sitting in a rubber ring, and bombing down the slope)

The main slope

This is the popular one, the standard slope to practice all your skiing on. There’s a ski lift to get you to the top on the hill, then come on down. You’ll also find the “fun park” to side of this slope, which is great for those who want to try and perfect their free-style moves. Not something I’m really into, I’m happy enough to get from the top to the bottom without falling over.

Equipment Supplied

You don’t even need to spend a fortune of kit to decide whether skiing is for you. Your helmet (which is must be worn), boots and skis are all supplied free of charge when you pay for your skiing.

Get Started

Anybody wishing to use the ski slope has to be “signed off” by an instructor. What this means is that you have to go to a special supervised session, where the instructors will watch everybody taking part, when they are happy you can ski from the top of the main slope without killing yourself, or anybody else, you will be signed off. You can then go to any ski practice session you like.

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    • Julester profile imageAUTHOR

      Julester 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Polly C - we do live quite close, although not in Norwich. One of our children still goes to the club on occasions. The Ski Club is a great asset to have in "flat" Norfolk!

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      Polly C 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hi Julester, my son did a beginners course at the Norfolk ski club about three years ago - he loved it, but then developed a fear of the lifts which prevented anymore skiing! He got off at the wrong place on the drag lift, and an instructor pointed it out, so he wouldn't go on that anymore, then he got his ski stuck in the fence on the one you stand on, for the other slope on the left.

      On the plus side, he has been to several tubing parties there, and loved it.

      I came across your hub by chance when I was searching for a link to one of mine, but couldn't be bothered to look back for the URL - I live pretty near the ski slope, do you?

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