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Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Latest British Indoor Snow Centre Opens May 6th (04-May-09)

London, Britain, May 4, 2009 - Heavy snow is forecast for Hemel Hempstead

Heavy snow is forecast for Hemel Hempstead to the north of London from May 6th when the UK’s sixth currently-operational indoor snow centre opens its doors to the skiers of Britain’s capital city for the first time.

The £23 million venture has transformed the ski-mat slopes at Hemel Hempstead’s Hemel Ski Centre in to a state-of-the-art indoor Snowcentre ideal for novices, experienced skiers and snowboarders alike.

With a 160 metre slope plus a nursery training slope of almost 100 metres, the new centre will offer superb facilities providing London and the South East with the region’s premier venue for a real skiing experience.

Serviced by two drag lifts and two rope tows on the trainer slope, the ski runs are graded to meet the requirements of skiers and snowboarders at all levels of ability. Experienced and highly qualified instructors will provide expert tuition in a relaxed atmosphere.

A key retail partner is Snow and Rock who will have a large shop within the Snow Centre so anyone interested in buying winter sports gear can try the equipment on real snow.

With the temperature maintained at just below freezing, visitors will get a real feel of fresh mountain air while large video screens showing winter sports activities will add to the Alpine atmosphere.

And there will be plenty of Apres Ski too at the main restaurant overlooking the slopes with panoramic views, plus bars, coffee shops and meeting rooms making The Snow Centre the ideal venue for team-building conferences and parties.

The venture is the brainchild of David Surrey, director of the Hemel Ski Centre which was started by his father in 1978.

Mr Surrey, who persuaded a consortium of local business people involved in the UK leisure industry to support the project, said: ‘‘We see indoor slopes as the future for skiing and snowboarding in Britain and our aim is to create a superb facility that will allow people to enjoy the sport all year round.”

Qualified ski instructor and technical management expert Stephen Jordan is part of the team running the venture. He says “Our Centre of Excellence will enable everyone from beginner to expert to enjoy their chosen snow sport. We are deploying state of the art snow making equipment for the perfect Alpine surface.”

The project, also backed by NatWest bank has taken two years to plan in consultation with builders Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, and the meticulous design will feature one of Britain’s biggest living roofs covering the entire length of the slope, making it visually unobtrusive and environmentally friendly.
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