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Published June 15th 2015
Learn to Ski in Sydney
After years of begging, I finally gave in to Master 13's pleas to go skiing. He hadn't seen the snow before and was very keen to try it out, however I was feeling somewhat anxious as I haven't been in the snow for over 20 years.
Luckily, a friend mentioned there was an indoor ski centre in Sydney where we could get lessons before our big trip to the mountains. I immediately jumped at the chance and booked us for a session at the centre.
When we arrived at In2Ski, we were greeted by Miles, a very friendly instructor, who explained how everything worked and then passed us onto a couple more instructors who fitted us with helmets, ski boots and skis. They adjusted the skis according to our height and weight and offered more assurance to this very nervous beginner and very excited teenager.
Then it was our time to hit the slope. I was happy to see Miles' cheerful face as he very patiently explained how to put our skis on and then gently guided us onto the slope. As Miles turned on the ski slope belt, both junior and I held on tightly onto a steel bar, which became my best friend during our session.
Miles turns on the ski slope with a remote control
Starting with basic skills, Miles took us step by step through each new challenge, often demonstrating how it is done and was very accommodating to our abilities. Junior seemed at home on the slope within a very short period of time, while I needed a bit longer to get used to the slippery slopes.
Surprisingly, I only fell once during our session and other than bruising my ego slightly, the fall didn't hurt at all. With our instructor's guidance and calm reassurance I was able to let go of the steel bar and managed to ski on my own for a while.
I was finally able to let go of the steel pole that kept me upright
The one hour session went by so quickly and although my leg muscles were sore, I was so happy to have done it. In fact, I am planning to book us in for a couple more sessions before we leave for Queenstown, so that we can feel a little more confident when we hit the real snow.
In2Ski is suitable for beginners as well as advanced skiers and snowboarders. The centre is open throughout the year 6 days a week – Tuesday to Friday from 12.30pm to 9.30pm and on the weekends from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
You must be at least 5 years of age to ski and 8 years old if you wish to go snowboarding, although if you are having private lessons, the children may be a little younger.
The centre is a comfortable 22 to 24 degrees Celsius, so you don't need to wear winter gear – loose fitting casual clothes are fine, however it is a good idea to wear long pants. You must wear long socks to go under your ski/snowboard boots. If you don't have any you can buy them at the venue.
In2Ski provides you with all the gear, however if you have your own ski boots you can bring them along.
In2Ski has 3 indoor ski slopes, each made up of high quality ski carpet, with 3 layer base belt, a handrail as well as safety glass mirrors. The slope speed is operated by the instructor.
Mirror at the front lets you see what you are doing