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The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead News
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Here's this week's plans for The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead. Friday's setup includes The Shred Collective DFD - 11m of kinked jibbing gnarliness. Time to step up with this set up.
Here's this week's park plans for The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.
It's a busy week with some special guests and a new feature on Thursday's Progression Session and then the Spy Guerrilla Tour on Friday. The nice chaps from Spy have assured us that their bags of swag are positively bulging and it's all for you, the Friday night shredders.
Here are the Snow Centre park plans for this week. A big thanks to Maverix for providing two new rails for your enjoyment. We hope you had fun on these at the Maverix/SCUK Happy Slamming event last Friday and they'll be out again on Friday.
Winter is here, dust off your equipment and get back onto the slopes soon! Plus with our new Lift Pass Offers and fresh snow on the slopes there has never been a better time to come.
Whether you prefer to come midweek, weekend or both we have an Exclusive Lift Pass offer just for you.
All Day Lift Passes Monday – Friday are now just £25 for adults and £20 for juniors. Simply use promotional code ADULTMAD25 or JUNIORMAD20.
Don’t forget to visit the Schuss bar on the slope too for complimentary tea & coffee during your session!
On Saturday & Sunday our great value Weekend Evening Passes are now even better value; enjoy 4 hours skiing or snowboarding 6pm – 10pm for just £25 for adults and £20 for juniors. Use promotional code ADULTWEMAD25 or JUNIORWEMAD20.
In response to an open letter on Facebook, The Snow Centre management issued this response tonight.
Dear ‘Keep Hemel Jibbing’ Community
Lon Canu takes on the SCUK Box combo during the recent Morrow Jam
I refer to your comments about inconsistent snow quality. The irony is that the bigger parks and more features we provide, the more we damage our snow! The constant moving of large amounts of snow and in particular the heavy use of water for shaping and setting, damages our snow and this remains one of our challenges. We have always kept our air temperature at -2 degrees and this is dropped to -6 overnight when we make our fresh snow, normally 4 – 5 nights a week. The snow itself is -10 degrees and a number of European domes need to keep their air temperature much lower as they do not have the under floor cooling that we have. A number of guests who visit, not only freestylers, have asked why we do not groom our slopes during the day. Moving the snow around damages it and in reality it needs up to 5 hours to reset properly. So while it may seem like a benefit to groom during the day, it is detrimental to maintaining quality. Please be assured however we do groom the snow EVERY night. It isn’t just freestyle that changes during the busy months, other products that impact on our snow are affected too. Plus we are aware we are the busiest centre in the UK, so all year around it is a challenge to accommodate all requirements, however it is a nice challenge to have! You mention in your letter that we still have the best snow and of course we will continue to look after it.
I know SCUK have been talking to Hemel about this, but two people need to be singled out as they took the time to actually take up Hemel's offer of a discussion on the matter and have been instrumental in Hemel's revised solution to the issues they were facing. Thank you Jim Rose and Joe Kay. If you see them at Hemel on a Friday in January or February, you probably owe them a beer!
Here's the park plan for Friday's Maverix/SCUK Happy Slamming; the second in a series of three events.
This event will be your last chance to secure the final pair of tickets for the O'Neill Shoreditch Showdown the following Thursday in London. Judging by the amount of begging emails both Stu and myself have received, this is a bigger prize than the £50 notes we'll be dishing out to Best Male, Best Female and Happy Slammer on the night. There's also other spot prizes on the night from our sponsors.
Come along. It's just for fun.
Facebook event page.
Here's the Thursday night park.
The final event is at Chill Factore on Saturday 23rd November.
Due to high demand for ski & snowboard Lessons & Lift Passes during the peak holiday season (January and February – 8 weeks) we will be extending our weekend Lift Passes and Lessons to a Friday. Consequently, throughout this period we will be able to accommodate many more guests on both our Lesson and Main Slope.
We remain committed to the long term growth of our freestyle business and with this in mind, we are looking to recruit a new dedicated Freestyle Manager to join our senior team here at the centre. We have already received interest from a number of high profile, experienced professionals from the UK freestyle scene and hope to make an appointment in the next few weeks. We will continue to encourage our guests to be involved, invite new guests to try freestyle and remain committed to working with and supporting our various freestyle partners and sponsors. Coming out of our peak season we will increase the number of sessions and freestyle events including some parks at weekends. We will keep you regularly updated on these. Please let us know if you would like to be involved with organising and supporting some of these activities.
We recognise we have a number of regulars who are passionate about freestyle, who support us here at our centre, and are disappointed by this. For this reason during the peak season we have made further adjustments to our weekday and Thursday Freestyle agenda.
From Thursday 2nd January Thursday Freestyle sessions will finish at the later time of 11pm and Freestyle Fundamental and Coaching Clinics will run as normal. Throughout the winter season we will have a feature on the Main Slope every day Monday to Friday and 2 boxes or rails open on a Wednesday evening.
Ian Brown, The Snow Centre Managing Director
A page on The Hemel Snow Centre's website reads:
"Due to high demand for Lessons & Lift Passes during the peak holiday season we will be extending our weekend offering to include Fridays.
We were asked to meet with Hemel's managing director Ian Brown on Tuesday about this and so we suspect the information above has been released a little too early and not in the manner the management would have wished!
Hemel have stated clearly that they recognise the importance of freestyle to their business and have spent considerably over the years on features. However, the harsh commercial reality is that they can make more money with the slope in tip top condition over the weekend for lessons during peak months. With Easter being late, they need to make snowballs whilst the snow falls at the beginning of the year. We announced earlier today they're looking for a new Freestyle Manager to better coordinate sponsored riders, parks, courses, sponsors, events and equipment and manage an increase in freestyle over the summer with additional Saturday events, whilst further developing the freestyle product. We've been in direct contact with two individuals we think would be great in this role.
We've already seen changes in ownership at Braehead, Chill Factore and both Snozones in the last year. I point this out to show that these slopes are not simply here for the benefit of a relatively few freestylers, even if they are regular, passionate and dedicated, but to survive the slope must turn a decent profit for investors. Comparisons with similar slopes in Europe are not always fair as these are often state supported, not private businesses, although I'm sure there may be lessons to be learnt.
On top of this, Tamworth reduces parks over the winter and Chill Factore only run freestyle every other week all year long.
We have suggested that to soften the blow of the lost dedicated freestyle Friday night, that they could actually have freestyle available every day out on the slope, even if it's just a box. We have been saying that for years though, but I really believe that's something they have room for and will get the once-a-year crowd perhaps more into their freestyle, make a trip to the slope mid-week worth it and get more people coming back for more after the season is ended.
Hopefully, we'll get the full details of the changes from the Hemel team soon, but I thought it was important to get my understanding of the situation out as soon as the story broke on the Hemel Freestyle pages on Facebook.
Remember tomorrow (Friday) is the Morrow Jam at Hemel and the following Friday is the Maverix/SCUK Happy Slamming event, so I'm sure we'll all have plenty to talk about.
10:30pm update from Ian Brown
After a meeting with the DWA team (Mikee C, Joe Rackley, Mark King etc.), Hemel are going to extend Thursday's session by an hour and introduce a few rails, etc. on a Wednesday evening.
Discuss in the SCUK Forum.
We had a chat with the Hemel Snow Centre management team the other day about their freestyle provision, especially over their peak winter months. As part of that they're looking to recruit a new and dedicated freestyle manager. Olympic hopeful Dom Harington also happened to be there and was interested in the job himself. He just needs to get these pesky Olympics out of the way first! If you think you have what it takes to simultaneously wear the freestyle guru and commercial realist hats, read on.
Aim of Role
Develop and deliver our Freestyle strategy to exceed footfall and income targets to be agreed.
To manage our freestyle programme as part of our wider offering of products on our slopes.
To contribute and support to our centre strategies as a Senior Manager within our business.
To manage and support our freestyle team.
Organise Park team
Create and communicate rotas to budget, update payroll reports.
Ongoing support and communication with snow sports team and park team.
Build on our reputation for creating and delivering innovative parks to attract guests of all abilities each week.
Ensure all parks are built correctly and to adhere to our safety standards
Support our technical department in methods of working to ensure safety, and to protect snow quality
Maintain equipment through an ongoing maintenance / repair programme.
Identify and agree a portfolio of partners to help drive sponsorship and media coverage
Support marketing team promote our various freestyle events and products.
Create a calendar of events and courses.
Review and develop freestyle products – coaching / lessons, camps etc.
Exceed agreed footfall and revenue targets for “freestyle” plus lessons / camps /clinics etc
Salary negotiable and based on a 20 hour working week plus holidays.
Weekly hours – managing park build on a Thursday (finishes 2am!!), managing Friday night sessions (finish midnight), rest of hours flexible – possibly a Monday – plan week, meetings etc.
This is a hands on role plus management and administrative tasks.
This person will report directly to the Managing Director and liaise with our Product Manager, Slope and Rental Manager, Head of Technical, Sales and Marketing Manager.
The candidate will have an in depth knowledge of freestyle and the snow sports industry.
Previous management experience in a commercial environment essential, ideally involved with sales and service.
You can apply direct to Ian Brown, the slope's managing director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's this week's plans. It's the Morrow Jam this Friday and SCUK will be there cameras and flashes in hand! This is the 20th Morrow Jam, the longest running freestyle comp in the UK. You don't have to be any good at freestyle, it's all about fun and we want to see some SCUKers there representing.
Typhoon will be playing live, there's loads of giveaways and a Mega Mystery Feature designed by the founder of Morrow Jam, the legend that is Rob Needham. Expect MISCHIEF!
Morrow Jam Friday Park
Here are the park plans for the Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre this week.
Here's this week's parks for The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead. They've got a monster park this week with loads of features. Come and try the Mini Jib Park, which is fun for kids, beginners and seasoned jibbers alike. Plus it's SEND IT night! Come and get some serious hang time off their big real snow kicker!
The Snow Centre has become the first official UK training base for the British Disabled Ski Team (BDST) and Britain’s Ski Cross athletes including Emily Sarsfield and Ed Drake.
The vast 160 metre indoor snow slope has been used by the BDST Team for regular summer training sessions with its easy access for both athletes and coaching staff.
Andrew Lockerbie, Performance Director for the British Disabled Ski Team comments: “This is an excellent opportunity for Disability Snowsport and the British Disabled Ski Team to forge a much stronger relationship with The Snow Centre. We have worked with them since they opened and they have been strong supporters of adaptive skiing at the grassroots level. It is fantastic that they are now able to support our elite athletes with their excellent facilities as well on their journey to the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games”.
BDST Athletes will have free access to the slope for training sessions and free skiing as well as special early opening times to allow full use of the facilities before the public arrive.
Britain’s Ski Cross athletes have never before been offered a permanent training home so this is a first of its kind for the athletes in this country.
Emily Sarsfield, Britain’s best top Ski Cross athlete adds, “Having the unrivalled real snow facilities of The Snow Centre available at any time is a great boost for me. Training for Ski Cross is a challenge in the UK, but the Snow Centre’s facilities are the next best thing to training in the mountains. Their “have a go ski cross” sessions are also great to inspire the next generation of UK competitors!"
Ex Downhill skier and convert to Ski Cross for Sochi 2014, Ed Drake ran the first Ski Cross course this summer at The Snow Centre and hopes to run more of these in Spring 2014 when and the Sochi Winter Olympics has finished. Ed is equally excited about the new training base: "We are thrilled to have secured The Snow Centre as the British Skier Cross Team's training base, with its enviable location and fantastic training facilities. The efficient staff are consistently on hand catering to our every need to ensure we reach our full potential ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi", adds Drake.
Peter Gillespie, Head of Snowsports School at The Snow Centre comments “We are delighted to be the UK training base for the British Disabled Ski Team and our Ski Cross athletes. Since opening in 2009 we have often been host to many of the athletes training and it’s so pleasing to see them on this journey to Sochi. The athletes are also a source of inspiration for many of our guests who enjoy watching them train here”.
Visit www.thesnowcentre.com or call 0845 258 9000.
Here are the parks for The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead this week. The Smokin Snowboards team are at the slope this Friday. You can ride with the team and find out more about these awesome boards.
Here's the plans for this week at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead. On Friday the Demolition Ski Tour roll in with the chance to try some of the best twin tip skis for the coming season.
Make sure you are ready to hit the parks this season with some freestyle coaching. Check out our Coaching Clinics on Thursdays and Fridays.
Here are this week's plans for the Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead. They're really excited about the No Metal Jam this Friday with spot prizes from K2, Volkl and Ride. No rails, or boxes on the main slope, just loads of snow and snow is good.
Here are the park plans for this week at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead.
K2, RIDE, VOLKL and The Snow Centre announce the No Metal Jam. A chilled out competition in a park with no rails or boxes just loads and loads of snow. Kickers, hips, bowls and more, its all about getting creative and using the park to the max.
But we won't just be giving out prizes to anyone OH NO! We've got some fiendish challenges set up by Joe 'The Games Master' Rackley to test your limits. Best of all there is NO COMPETITION ENTRY FEE! Book a pass, come and ride, this one you will NOT want to miss!
Here's this week's park plans for The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead.
Make sure you get down on Friday for their Mad Freestyle Sale! It's just £15 for a 2 hour pass and £25 for a 4 hour pass. On top of that the Line Skis Travelling Circus is visiting so you come and ride with the ski pro's - Sami Ortleib, Will Wesson, Andy Parry and Rob Heule.
It's Friday the 13th This week! Make sure you don't stop in front of a feature, you might get SLASHED!
Bad jokes aside Hemel have got their usual mix of kickers, boxes and rails for beginners to advanced.
6pm start on Thursday and 6.30 on Friday.
It's Mystery Feature Night on Friday so come down and see what the park team have dreamt up. Lots of progression last week on Thursday Night, so we're looking forward to more of the same!
This year’s winter season brings with it the Sochi 2014, Winter Olympics! So it’s no surprise The Snow Centre along with their ambassador Winter Olympian, Ed Drake are hosting a full weekend of snow fun activities to launch the homecoming of these super special Snowsports months.
The UK’s newest indoor Snowsports destination, The Snow Centre has fast become the greatest skiing, snowboarding and sledging revelry this side of the Alps. With its 160m Main Slope and the Largest Lesson Slope in the UK, there is no better place to kick start your ski legs or get back on your snowboard than this year’s Winter Launch Weekend, Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th September.
In fact if you’ve forgotten Snowsports over the summer or kept your skills in tip top condition or even if you’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding before, The Snow Centre’s Winter Launch Weekend is a must go! From 10am – 4pm, both days you can enjoy the best Lessons, Lift Passes and snow activities from last winter and some exciting new ones too – with some fantastic Winter Launch Weekend offers thrown on top!
A launch celebration like ‘snow’ other, all are welcome to come along and pick up a FREE copy of The Snow Centre’s brand new magazine, Snow Sure or make the most of 1 Hour Lift Passes for Adults and Children for just £19 and enjoy Ski or Freestyle Lessons for Just £5. The Winter Launch Weekend is also your last chance to make the most of Half Price Beginner Ski or Snowboard Lessons and an excellent time to give the ultimate high speed sledging run, Arctic Alley a try or whizz down the Lesson slope on a zipfy or ringo with £5 Simply Sledging.
Win a Season Pass
The Snow Centre are also giving you the chance to WIN a season pass when you visit over the Winter Launch Weekend, but you have to be there to WIN it!
One of the exciting new lessons to hit the slopes of Hemel Hempstead this coming season includes The Snow Centre’s Rusty Refresher Lessons. If it’s been a while since you got on your skis and you’re not sure if you’re ready for the Main Slope or which level lesson would suit you, these 1 Hour Lessons include 45 minutes guided practice and 15 minutes feedback with one of their experienced ski instructors, who will direct you to the appropriate Lesson or Lift Pass for you. Rusty Refresher Lessons are available weekends for £39, but are available as tasters for JUST £5 over the Winter Launch Weekend.
Junior Ignite Snowboard Academy
The fun doesn’t end there! The snowboard scene is for sure a trend that’s here to stay and has attracted many young people to the slopes. In line with this growing phenomenon, this Winter will see the launch of The Snow Centre’s NEW Junior Ignite Snowboard Academy, snowboard coaching for snow-loving youngsters ages 7 – 16. Ignite aims to open doors for many, progressing Level 6 and above junior snowboarders technically and socially, often preparing them for competitions and participation in other exciting events. At £35 for two hours on a Saturday morning, weekly Ignite sessions are about more than just hitting the slopes on a board.
The Snow Centre’s Managing Director, Ian Brown commented ‘As we go into our 5th winter since opening, it’s a pleasure to share The Snow Centre’s 2013 Weekend Launch with all Snowsports lovers. We have continued to invest significantly in our centre and equipment and added some exciting new products, to enhance our guest experience all year round.’
Visit www.thesnowcentre.com to book or call 0845 258 9000.
Its 'Fruits of the Forest' on Friday presented by For Boarders By Boarders. They've come up with a sweet park plan for Friday and as always there's loads of giveaways, music and more.
Come and warm up on Thursday Night with a Progression Session. The park opens at 6pm and there's 20% off if you book a pass online.
Here are this week's freestyle park plans for the Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead. They've got a fun Friday park with Triple Bibby stalls and a Curvy Close Out style set with the C rail and the Moog Royale Bar.
Here are the park plans for Thursday and Friday at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hemsptead
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