Open practice is recreational use of the slopes, without tuition, available to experienced skiers and boarders. Available in 1.5 hour sessions to suit you!

For the enjoyment and safety of all of our customers, anyone wishing to enjoy the main slope without tuition must be an experienced slope user who meets our minimum skill levels.

Therefore, you must be able to use the lifts, control your speed/direction, perform controlled linked turns and be able to stop. If you’re a little short of this standard, have a look at our lesson timetable. We’ll get you up to scratch in no time.

Last tickets are sold 1.5 hours before closing time.

Ski Levels

The minimum requirement for open practice is Level 5

Basic & Plough Swings

  • Location: Main Slope
  • Basic plough parallel: Ploughing around the corner and matching skis after the fall-line.
  • Plough parallel: Progressively matching skis earlier in the fall-line.

Learning to Parallel Turn

  • Location: Main Slope
  • Basic parallel turn: Be able to perform controlled S-shaped turns down the slope with lots of skid keeping the skis parallel throughout the turn.
  • Parallel turns – long radius: Be able to do wide controlled parallel turns using the entire slope, whilst still maintaining control of speed.

Improving your Technique

  • Location: Main Slope
  • Parallel turns – short radius: Be able to perform parallel turns down a narrow run whilst still maintaining control.
  • Carving: Be able to hold a carving motion down the slope by using the edge of the skis.

Snowboard Levels

The minimum requirement for open practice is Level D

Entering the Fall Line

  • Location: Exit One & Two
  • Falling leaf – toe and heel – into fall line: Be able to move the snowboard from a level side slip, both toe or heel, into the fall line (straight down the hill) while maintaining good posture and balance, then return back to controlled side slip using a controlled skid.
  • Garlands – toe and heel – into fall line: Same as falling leaf, just in same consecutive direction.

Developing turns

  • Location: Exit Two +
  • Basic turn: Be able to get you board from level side slip to straight and back out on opposite edge making a C-shaped turn, e.g. heel edge-straight-toe edge. You will learn to be able to do this starting on either edge.
  • Linked turns: Be able to link 2 basic turns together to make controlled S-shaped turns, e.g. hell edge-straight-toe edge-straight-heel edge.
  • Intermediate turns: Be able to do linked turns at higher speed without slowing down as much between turns.

Refining Turns

  • Location: Exit Three +
  • Advanced turns / Carving: High speed turns down the slope using more edge and less skid to make the turns.

Ski Levels

The minimum requirement for open practice is Level 5

Level 4A

Linking Turns

  • Location: Intermediate slope
  • Linked snowplough turns: Cover the basics of turning using a snowplough
  • Linked plough turns – varied radius & control of speed: To pass this level the skier has to be able to independently make 6 or more snowplough turns from the top of this slope in control.
Level 4B

Linking Turns

  • Location: Main slope
  • Control snowplough turns: Use their snowplough turns to control their descent over a range of sized turns and speeds.
  • Linked plough turns – varied radius & control of speed: To pass level 4B the skier must demonstrate good technique in a snow plough turn over a number of sized turns for the top of our main slope.
Level 5

Basic & Plough Swings

 

  • Location: Main Slope
  • Basic plough parallel: Ploughing around the corner and matching skis after the fall-line.
  • Plough parallel: Progressively matching skis earlier in the fall-line.
Level 6

Learning to Parallel Turn

 

  • Location: Main Slope
  • Basic parallel turn: Be able to perform controlled S-shaped turns down the slope with lots of skid keeping the skis parallel throughout the turn.
  • Parallel turns – long radius: Be able to do wide controlled parallel turns using the entire slope, whilst still maintaining control of speed.
Level 7

Improving your Technique

 

  • Location: Main Slope
  • Parallel turns – short radius: Be able to perform parallel turns down a narrow run whilst still maintaining control.
  • Carving: Be able to hold a carving motion down the slope by using the edge of the skis.

Snowboard Levels

The minimum requirement for open practice is Level D

Level D

Entering the Fall Line

  • Location: Exit One & Two
  • Falling leaf – toe and heel – into fall line: Be able to move the snowboard from a level side slip, both toe or heel, into the fall line (straight down the hill) while maintaining good posture and balance, then return back to controlled side slip using a controlled skid.
  • Garlands – toe and heel – into fall line: Same as falling leaf, just in same consecutive direction.
Level E

Developing turns

  • Location: Exit Two +
  • Basic turn: Be able to get you board from level side slip to straight and back out on opposite edge making a C-shaped turn, e.g. heel edge-straight-toe edge. You will learn to be able to do this starting on either edge.
  • Linked turns: Be able to link 2 basic turns together to make controlled S-shaped turns, e.g. hell edge-straight-toe edge-straight-heel edge.
  • Intermediate turns: Be able to do linked turns at higher speed without slowing down as much between turns.
Level F

Refining Turns

  • Location: Exit Three +
  • Advanced turns / Carving: High speed turns down the slope using more edge and less skid to make the turns.

Open Practice Prices

Private lessons run all week. Give us a call on 01492 874 707 to discuss times.