Snozone Milton Keynes (Indoor)

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Yeah, well. In the area to attend the Grand Prix this weekend, it was there. Couldn't just leave it alone, really. Sure it's short, you sort of get that "is that it?" feeling after the first run. Funny thing is, after three runs and thinking I'm done, I actually ending up putting in a solid hour-and-a-half. What's that old thing about a bad day on skis better than a good day at work? Maybe.

So what's it all about really? You could definitely learn to parallel at a facility like this. It wasn't crowded, but in passing a few lesson groups I didn't spot a single person ploughing. The coaches looked like the were doing a good job.

For me, well I learned a few things as well: on skinny-waisted rental skis you can lean back and ankle-turn through 100% person-made snow. Try doing that on my super-stiff Volkls and see how long you last. Oh yeah, I also learned how to ride a poma. Only took me three goes - the first few I rode that thing upside down!




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Do you know how they make their snow?

I was actually trying to work that out but couldn't. Didn't see any nozzles. The snow consistency was like icing-sugar. So they give me this pair of Head skis that are about 70 mm maybe. First run I lean into my boots hard, like I have to on my ultra-stiff titanium planks - I could barely parallel these things! Took me three runs to work out just stay centred and use your ankles to turn, not the tips. I started to enjoy it then, it became a weird skating/skiing hybrid challenge. You wouldn't go out of your way to go there, but if in the vicinity worth it. The ski store attached to it had mega-bargains on offer. I can't lug them back, but I so badly wanted to buy a pair of Nordica Enforcer 100s, could have had them with bindings for AUD$650. And yes, you can test them but overkill for that icing sugar, to say the least!
 

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Actually looks like halfway decent snow, better than the sludge that passed for snow at Mt Thebarton! Do you know how they make their snow?
That's a little unfair. Mt Thebarton was the first indoor ski slope with snow in the world.
They had to do almost everything for the first time. All other indoor ski slopes have learnt a lot from Mt Thebarton.
 

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Great to see these (and sorry for bumping an old thread). I used to live in the UK and often went to Tamworth Snowdome (https://www.snowdome.co.uk/) and it was fine. I actually learned to board there, although ski these days (after a fractured back boarding in Livigno in 2002). There is also a dry ski slope in Swadlincote (https://www.jnlswadlincote.co.uk/) which was pretty interesting.

I'd love to see something like this in Australia, especially Sydney. I cant see how it would fail, really. I know those moving carpet things have failed here before but no great surprise with that, Actually skiing on snow, albeit manmade, is a lot better.
 
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Yes I tend to agree - the concept seems to have some viability from a commercial perspective if located convenient to a large population centre. I'm not into park at all, but one thing that surprised me was the relative lack of rails/features at Snozone. Seems to me that would be the thing to get the punters in. They just had the one tube-like feature to 'jam' off (or whatever these young'uns do).
 
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