The slopes we use have been in use around the world for nearly 20 years and are being installed in new venues all the time.
The carpet which comprises the slope is an Astro turf carpet. It is approximately 2cm thick and when applied with water is a suitable service for skiing or snowboarding on. The carpet is not as pliable as natural snow and so demands a high level of technical ability to use it at an advanced level. It also requires an active form of skiing whereby the skier has to be more dynamic in the turn than might be required on a normal snow piste.
As the skier or snowboarder uses the slope, the carpet is angled from the back so that there is a natural downward movement. However, this is compensated by the upward movement of the carpet which rotates around two rollers, one at the top and one at the bottom of the slope. The slope angle can be changed by the instructor from 2-20 degrees.
Speed of Rotation
The speed of rotation of the carpet can also be adjusted by the instructor from 0 – 20 mph. With these two adjustable variables, the slopes can accommodate an absolute beginner to a World Cup skier.
The Metal Bar
There is a metal bar at the bottom of the slope which can be held onto by beginners to gain their balance and to learn the initial techniques of snowplough.
The mirror is used to get real time feedback on your technique.
Boots: the better the fit, the better the control over the skis. The skis we use are the same as any standard carving ski but due to the resistance the carpet creates, we do blunt the edges. We adjust our skis so that they release more quickly than on snow. These are the reasons why we ask you to use our skis rather than your own.