|Indoor skiing at Dukes Meadows
The first UK Skiplex Ski Centre will open in autumn 2011 at the Dukes Meadows Tennis and Golf Academy in Chiswick. The Skiplex 'endless ski slope' enables skiers and snowboarders to maintain their fitness levels and provides an opportunity to learn to ski or hone their technique all year round.
The ski slope simulator features a smooth, continuous track, which enables skiers and snowboarders to burn over 400 calories an hour while finessing their technique. Over 100 slopes are already installed across Europe and now skiers in the UK will be able to enjoy the benefits of all weather skiing every day at Dukes Meadows
Gym enthusiasts run on a treadmill, but do not actually move. A Skiplex slope operates in exactly the same way, using a large white treadmill about the size of a squash court, allowing up to four people to ski or snowboard at any one time. The large moving track is operated by a handheld remote controlled device which can speed up or slow down the track and increase or reduce the elevation. As a result, a Skiplex Ski Centre can accommodate beginners at a low elevation and slow track speed all the way to experts at a steep elevation and fast track speed.
Many skiers get frustrated that they can never see their own skiing style. Skiplex solves this issue by allowing individual skiers to critically appraise their technique with the help of a two-way mirror, making it easier to get more intensive tuition from an instructor. The system can be used for introducing absolute beginners to the sport, or for training the world's top skiers.
Practicing on the Skiplex endless slope allows enthusiasts to refresh their technique, whether they are practicing the most basic snowplough turns for beginner skiers, or more adventurous snowboarding moves such as ollies, butters and air to fakies.
Skiplex also provides a fantastic platform for beginners who want to learn to ski or snowboard in a safe environment. Many beginners feel intimidated on dry slopes or on outdoor slopes, where they run the risk of being hit by other skiers or boarders.
Mark Strachan, CEO of Skiplex said: "We are delighted to have our first Skiplex Ski Centre at Dukes Meadows and I hope that the current users of its excellent facilities will give skiing a go. As an open to all non members facility, anyone in London can now come for a ski, regardless of the weather".
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