Are you going skiing this year and haven’t got your legs ski fit yet? Or are you completely new to skiing? Or have you just returned from a weeks skiing over the half term and are gutted to be back and hate the fact that you have to wait a whole year before hitting the slopes again?
If any of the above applies to you, then worry not as you can practice your turns at the Cardiff dry ski slope!
No, it’s not the same as being in the sunny alps with plenty of snow and mountain top restaurants, but it is pretty handy for practicing those turns and making sure you make the most of your ski holiday whenever you go.
We’ve been regularly been taking the boys on a Saturday morning to the Junior Ski School, which starts at 10:30 a.m. for those aged between 7 – 16 years and costs £12 each, which includes the hire of their skis and boots. For younger ones they also run a mini snow bears group at 11:45 a.m.
I have to say, I have been pretty impressed by how organised they are there. All skiers are given a card, which states their boot and ski size and weight (for setting the bindings right) and are given a colour indicating which group they are in, which speeds up the checking in process. Which is great as it is pretty popular.
In the 10:30 a.m. session, there are three groups starting from complete novice, to those starting to turn, to competent lift users.
The teachers are all knowledgeable and helpful and they try and make the sessions fun for those attending. There is quite a mix of age groups across all groups too. We have found the lessons great for our boys who are building on their skiing from where they left off when we returned from our holiday last year.
It means when we go for our weeks skiing later in the season they’re not wasting the first couple of days getting back to where they left off last time.
Also, skiing on the dry slope is much more difficult than on snow, so for any beginners out there, if you learn on the dry slope first you will find it so much easier when you first hit the snow.
Whilst the slope doesn’t have the quaint mountain restaurants, or even a decent cup of coffee, there is a great café just round the corner called the Bunker Coffee Station.
This place serves up some of the best cakes and a decent lunch of homemade soups, panini or burgers. It’s become a bit of a regular pit stop for us on a Saturday morning after the lessons.
It also does take out hot drinks, so if you’re watching your little ones have a lesson, stop off here first and grab a coffee, and trust me, some mornings its pretty cold to be stood for an hour watching them!
Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre,
Address: 198 Fairwater Road, Fairwater, Cardiff, CF35 3JR
Tel: 029 20561793
The Bunker Coffee Station
Address: 173 St Fagans Rd, Cardiff CF5 3DU
Family Friendly Rating: ****
High Chairs – Yes
Baby Changing -Yes
Childrens Menu – No
Smaller Portions Available – N/A