At the end of the week when discussing the ski ability of our party, the instructors in America asked us what we had done differently this year for our beginners as they had managed to ski so much more of the mountain. When I explained that we had taken them to Skiplex for 6 weeks they very quickly stated that we should make the lessons compulsory for all future trips. Thank you to your staff for assisting our students in experiencing a wonderful trip
My staff have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the activity and I believe in my 4 years at Connect44 that was the most enjoyable event we have had.
I would absolutely love to bring my husband for a ski as he was quite surprised at my enjoyment of it and I definitely think if he enjoys his time at Skiplex there are some skiing holidays in our future :-).
I also felt the effects of the skiing on Friday & Saturday and see what you mean about an all over body work out – muscles I never knew I had!
I thought I could ski quite well, but it turns out that snow is very forgiving and it’s possible to ski on snow reasonably well without much technique. But the surface at Skiplex doesn’t let you slide like on snow, so it really teaches you the core techniques necessary for skiing.
If you’re an advanced skier on snow, it will take a few minutes to get used to the different surface. You’ll initially think it’s rubbish, but it’s just that you’re not going back to the basics. Take time to get used to it and you can really benefit from it.
I managed to really improve my skiing, so don’t listen to people who say it’s not for advanced skiers. It’s for anyone! To be able to ski constantly for 15 mins without any breaks or lifts is great – so much better than a dry ski slope. But it’s also better than the snow domes which are cold and have short runs.
If you’re in any doubt about the slopes, ask Shelly (the Jedi-mistress of skiing) for a demonstration.
Whether you are an excellent skier or someone who has never skied before, Skiplex is the perfect place to start skiing or to perfect your technique.
We were all nervous about our first visit to Skiplex but shouldn’t have been. Not only was it our first trip to Skiplex but my children’s first time ever on skis. Both children loved the experience and it was huge positive first step in a sport which they now love already – and they’ve not even skied on real snow.
After no more than 20 minutes on the rolling slope both children were holding their first snowplough. The coaches were amazing with the kids – engaging, attentive and enthusiastic. A few more sessions and our first family ski holiday on real snow will be so much more enjoyable for the whole family.
Many thanks for the personalised and tailored tuition we had at Skiplex. We loved it and found it very tiring. I now realise how much I have let my technique wander with skiing on snow. Going back to basics and getting it absolutely correct did all of us good. The girls loved it and reckon it is a great way to refresh your style and technique before heading out on a skiing holiday.
“Excellent, feel my son was well looked after and loved every minute of it. The staff always went the extra mile – difficult job to entertain Children all day, they were outstanding (hope it is the same staff for October half term)!!!”
“Daughter loved it”
“I have positive feedback on Nigel. The girls thought he was really funny and really nice. They loved their day”
“My daughter really enjoyed it and the staff seemed really friendly. Ski facilities are excellent”
“A really brilliant holiday club, hope it’s successful and I’ll definitely re-book.”
Had my first shot at Skiplex, great for perfecting high end skiing and drills. Using the mirror for instant feedback sped up the learning process greatly.
James Bennett, BASI Level 4 ISTD, BASI Trainer, Euro Test Opener
“Had an absolute blast skiing and got the best beginner award.”
Joe purchased a Summer Pass and 6 sessions for the price of 5 at Skiplex Chiswick.
“The place is really good because it feels like you are in a real ski resort.”
“Staff were friendly.”
“They were really nice people”.
“They were very helpful, encouraging and supportive”.
“They were very patient, calm and helpful.”
“They were caring and very experienced”.
“We had a brilliant time”.
“I found it easy to follow instructions and they stated me off gently then I got better”.
“I got right to the top”.
“I had 4 goes”
“It was a good workout, you could get fit by doing it”.
“The qualified staff measured my feet and fitted properly fitting boots. The equipment was clean and in good condition.”
Skiplex is brilliant and really helps your skiing technique. I go to Skiplex once a week with school and always feel like I cannot wait. You improve in stages called levels. For example, I am working towards Level 6. The teachers are incredibly nice and try their best to help you. The Skiplex slope is made of something that looks quite like fake grass (but white). The instructors sometimes spray the slope with water so that the skis can slide across it. Although it may not look like a proper ski slope with real snow it truly feels like it is.
Caitlin (Aged 10)
I learnt more in 1/2 hour at Skiplex than I did in 3 lessons at the Snowdome!
Finally somewhere you get physically fit, immediate feedback on how you look and time to feel your skiing and snowboarding really changing before you get to the bottom all to quickly.” 5 mins on Skiplex is like 30 mins elsewhere!
My twins had a party at your Skiplex in Reading on Saturday and just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks to Shelley and the other young lad who organised such a lovely time for my girls and their friends. I am not sure what his name was as he had 10 very giggling little girls asking him his name and he played along really well but kept giving different names so I wasn’t sure what his name was myself.
In all seriousness though, they really enjoyed the party and loved learning to ski – I have had fantastic feedback from parents and kids alike and am sure you will see them all there again.
Special thanks to Shelley who took my booking and looked after everyone on the day. She was a star!
I personally was very impressed with both the tuition and the service that was provided by Skiplex. It was extremely pleasing to see the pupils progressing so much in only half an hour. Providing this ski trip is successful, I will be setting up more in the future and will have no hesitation in directing our pupils to Skiplex. I have had nothing but positive feedback from all the pupils and their parents.
Following my six sessions at Skiplex I’m now back from Courmayeur and have sufficiently recovered from the litres of Jägermeister to get in touch and let you know how it went.
Courmayeur is a great place to ski, and the snow was fantastic. I am pleased to say that all Skiplex’s marketing is absolutely true – I did (just about) keep up with everyone, and did my first black run on Saturday, followed by a bit of off-piste on Sunday. The great thing about getting enough training in advance is that you develop the instincts to give you confidence that you will be able to get down anything, and after that it’s just about trying to pick up style and speed.
Skiplex is definitely something I’d recommend to anyone who counts themselves as a beginner – it’s a great way to dodge spending half your time away in ski school.
Thanks to my instructor, Owen – all the best!
Genuinely stunned at how well Skiplex prepared me. I had never Snowboarded before and I had 5 lessons in Reading with Ollie and Drew. Got to Zermatt, straight up the lift and with some hesitation at first, hurled myself down a blue run. What do you know, I could snowboard and as the week went on and i got more experience i could snowboard well. Thank you Skiplex for making it the best winter holiday i’ve had in years. Will definitely be coming back in the summer to get some turns in. Won’t be back to ski’s now it’s all about the board and I never thought I’d say that. Credit to the team and the slopes there.
The (Skiplex) facility optimises technical training because the speed and gradient can be varied and there is a big mirror at the end of the piste. The athlete can drive his movements through each turn and continuously check and improve his technique.
– Professional skier Ramon completed training sessions on a Skiplex slope in Interlaken, featured in blick.ch
Immediate impression (on snow) – I felt really balanced, controlled and aware of ALL of my movements. This latter fact was amazing. Unless you happen to be really technically aware and understand kinesiology etc, developing the skill to be able to feel the subtleties in your movement / balance takes years to master. This is true in any sport / discipline and is this difference between being average and breaking into the expert ranks.
This was a powerful and unexpected discovery, especially as I am very technically aware and understand movement. It normally it takes me a period of ‘reconditioning’ to my skiing before my full senses return. Consequently, I was able to constantly adjust and refine my movements and match them to the movement patterns practiced / learnt on the Skiplex. A stark contrast to the ‘dry slope to snow’ transition I had last week, where I felt edgy/unbalanced and, unusually for me, tentative for the first few runs – a bit like walking on an icy pavement. To be able to give skiers this feeling / ability should not be underestimated.
Now for the obvious differences; surface and slope. All the variables have been removed on the Skiplex, which allows for rapid reinforcement of correct movement patterns and development of the the ability to ‘feel’. The surface feels like warm snow, smooth and constant. By comparison, snow is an slippier and looser surface to physically move the skis on, but changes with every turn. As a result, errors in technique get masked whilst subtle balance movements take priority. Add to the mix the lack of immediate feedback (mirror + coach) and you can see how the learning process is considerably lengthened.
I’ve visited Chiswick to play golf for the past 10-15years, and when the Skiplex facility went up I was intrigued. I’ve been skiing 32 years all over the world (Northern Hemisphere only unfortunately) and just watching it I related to the concept as pure genius.
Then in Jan/Feb 2012 I booked my wife (snowboarder) and my 4yr old daughter (skier) in for a bunch of sessions pre-ski trip to get back into the swing of things (wife) and get a headstart before starting ski-school for the 1st time (daughter) before our annual fortnight ski trip to Utah… the feedback and results were nothing short of remarkable. I can categorically say that our daughter excelled at ski-school on that Feb trip.
Then in Dec 2012 I got her 6-lessons before we headed back to Utah for 10-days over xmas/new years holidays… We managed to book the head children and youth instructor/examiner at Park City Ski School who took our daughter for 7-days of private lessons, her finishing remarks to me were “your daughter is doing in 1 week what kids who live here in Park City accomplish in a season, she is skiing dynamically, its a big accomplishment and even more so for a destination-skier”. Admittedly our daughter (now 5yrs old) participates in a lot of sport and may have a genetic advantage in that both her parents are pro-sport and accomplished in various disciplines of sports… regardless, I strongly believe Skiplex has proven it can deliver on its promise to accelerate the learning curve. It certainly has to me.