- Sports and Recreation
Norfolk Ski Club
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 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.
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.
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.