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On the 1st day of Christmas Snow Factor gave to me... the chance to win a 2 hour slope pass for two...
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Snow Factor love Christmas, so we thought we would spread some festive cheer to the rest of you! We have 12 prizes to give away starting on Thursday 12th December. So keep your eyes on Snow Factor’s Facebook page. If you haven't already liked their page, this is your chance to do so and win amazing prizes.
Tonight is the monthly SCUK Gathering at Snozone Castleford. Due to having a large park last week and freestyle features out over the weekend Cas will just have a few features out this evening - rookie box, magic rail, picnic table and a yellow pipe.
The park plan for the Thursday and Friday is below.
The winner of the #vansofftherails design a feature competition is Jade Walsh. Her feature will be built ready for this week's Thursday night park session. Big congratulations to Jade!
This Saturday is a Who's Afraid of the Park? freestyle ski and snowboard coaching from 7pm-10pm.
Here are this week's park plans for The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead. Don't forget if you've never tried freestyle before just book a Freestyle Fundamentals session. This will give you all you need to get started.
30 years after he first thought about grooming a ski slope, Manchester’s Chill Factore’s indoor snow centre’s management decided to step in and help Paul Nedwell fulfil his dream as an unexpected 70th birthday present after they were approached by his daughter Jennie.
Paul, who lives on the same hill as the famous Rossendale dry ski slope, has been wanting to try his hand at Piste Bashing since he first visited the Alps in the early 1980s.
Piste bashing is carried out once skiing for the day has finished with a specialist slope grooming machine (commonly known in the UK as a ‘piste basher’) which is driven up and down and across the slope to smooth it out.
“For many years, since I first went to Austria in the early 1980's and saw the piste bashers there, I have wanted to drive one of these vehicles,” said Paul, who still works as a chartered civil engineer at UMIST, “I was introduced to the machine and spent the next hour preparing the slope ready for the next day’s operation. It was really interesting and my ambition has finally been realised after all this time.”
“It’s not often you get to fulfill an Alpine dream in the Rainy City but, on this occasion, we had everything required and it was our pleasure to give Paul what he’d been dreaming of for 30 years,” said Chill Factore chief executive, Morwenna Angove.
A Piste Basher in its natural habitat
Tonight! Looking like a lot of fun.
Volvo has become the latest company to test their cars on the indoor snow slopes of Tamworth Snowdome.
This time the company wanted to test a product called tyre socks, which are designed to quickly and easily fit over tyres in snowy conditions (more easily and cheaply than snow chains) to provide traction.
The company brought two identical cars to the Snowdome, one fitted with regular tyres, the other with winter tyres.
While the car with winter tyres had no problems ascending 100 metres on the slope (the distance agreed, although it could have continued on upwards), the car with standard tyres could be driven no more than a few metres up the snowy slope.
Repeated with the snowsocks however, the car had no problems ascending the slopes, either.
“We wanted to demonstrate, in the most severe conditions possible, the effectiveness of having winter tyres or snow socks fitted to your car. There’s definitely a degree of scepticism out there about how useful they can be, but this test dispels the myths once and for all,” said Nick Connor, Volvo Car UK’s Managing Director.
Snow socks are available at participating authorised Volvo repairers for £55 and a set of four winter wheels and tyres start from £600.
Check out the video demonstrating the winter tyres below.
The SCUK Box is 6m of unadulterated pleasure. It's been known to eat lady bladers and has a shocking aluminium habit. These traits have meant that the Tamworth SnowDome have been keen to keeps its appearance hush hush, so this Saturday is the first time it's made its way on to their official park plan.
SCUK can take no responsibility for the bad behaviour of its box
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.
A reminder that Friday freestyle is back at Snow Factor this Friday! TSA are stoked to let you know that they will be hosting partners of PROJECT FRIDAY and will be collaborating with their friends at Snow Factor for a super fun night of shredding, mini-jams, give-aways AND tunes. So what will be on offer, well they seem to have gone all out.
Two sick park lines
TSA chill-out zone at the top of the slope with bean bags and shred movies being shown.
Tunes from Shaka Events on slope and in the SF gondola DJ booth.
Grom only park from 6pm (under 16s).
Top prizes and give-aways from TSA.
£30 Adult (7pm-11pm)
£25 Jnr (6pm-11pm)
Discounts - Snow Factor Members will still receive normal discount, Students - Book 10 places and get 1 free! SCUK Members can save a stack on Snow Factor Membership too.
Call 0871 222 5672 to pre book.
Here are the park plans for Snozone Castleford this week. There's two four hour sessions on Wednesday and Thursday and then a three hour "Who's Afraid of the Park?" session on Friday.
SCUK Partners Swap Boards are hosting this Friday's Parkstrife at Snozone Milton Keynes.
Here are the park plans for this week at Snozone Milton Keynes.
Does your little angel fancy his or herself as a snowboarder? Give Braehead's Snow Factor 90 minutes
with them, once a week for 5 weeks and make their dream come true.
Starting on Saturday 7th December, lessons will be on the same day, at the same time, with the same group and we try our best to get you the same instructor each week (sometimes they insist we give them annual leave).
Over the 5 weeks they will learn all they need to know to be confident riding from the top of our main slope and linking turns like they have been doing it for years.
Block bookings are available for:
Give the Gift of snowboarding this Christmas! £109 per child, call 0871 222 5672 to book today!
Teaching at Snow Factor
To ensure the safety of all slope users, no-one other than our fully qualified Snow Factor instructors are permitted to teach or provide coaching on the dedicated lesson slope or main slope at any time.
Instruction, Coaching and Development at Snow Factor are provided by Snow Factor Training Ltd. Snow Factor Training was established to foster and develop access to winter sports. We do this in conjunction with our partners at BASI and DSUK. Our objectives include;
To Celebrate twenty years "off the wall" on the snow Vans have built two Custom rails exclusive to the SnoZone Milton Keynes and it's up to you how you ride them.
Draw up your most imaginative set up, upload your design on Instagram and hashtag #vansofftherails
One design will be chosen each week and brought to life by the SnoZone park team.
Check out team riders Sparrow Knox, Will Smith, Chris Chatt, Gazza Andrews and Neil Campbell Hitting the Rails for a bit of Inspiration.
The first winner will be drawn on Monday the 9th Dec and ready to ride on Thursday 12th Dec.
The second winner will be drawn on Monday 16th Dec and ready to ride Thursday 19th Dec.
All designs will be announced on the Vans UK website www.vans.co.uk
Here's the Tamworth SnowDome park for this Saturday. Last Tuesday was the last Board Stiff session, which will return in April 2104.
Tuesday 24th December 2013 - Monday 6th January 2014
Prior to Christmas Eve: 9am - 11pm
Christmas Eve: 9am - 7pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 10am - 6pm
27th/28th/29th/30th December: 9am - 11pm
Hogmanay: 9am - 7pm
New Years Day: 11am - 6pm
2nd January: 10am - 10pm
3rd & 4th January: 9am - 11pm
Monday 6th January: 9am - 11pm
New Year Offer
An all you can eat full Scottish Breakfast including Irn Bru, plus an unlimited recreational slope pass. All for just £25.
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.
Friday freestyle is back at Snow Factor! Presenting the launch of our new Monthly night PROJECT FRIDAY.
We are very excited to be collaborating with our friends at The Snowboard Asylum for a super fun night of shredding, mini-jams, give-aways, tunes and STOKE!
£30 Adult (7pm-11pm)
£25 Jnr (6pm-11pm)
Members will still receive normal discount
Students - Book 10 places and get 1 free!
SCUK Members can save approx. 20% on Snow Factor's membership
Pre-book on 0871 222 5672
Facebook event page.
Project Friday will run every Friday with the first Friday of the month operating as the biggest and best out of the four weeks. We should be getting the park plans again on a regular basis, so watch this space.
This Friday sees Snozone Milton Keynes host their Snoparty. The Wednesday student night park and Thursday park plans are on too.
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.
The awesome charity event “Boarding for Ball Cancer” is back on Friday the 29th of November at Snozone Castleford. This time the Castleford TSA crew are working with the UK charity BALLBOYS to help spread awareness of testicular cancer and raise some money for the charity to boot.
On the evening there will be a full park to shred designed by TSA rider Jonny Russell, you can ride that from 7pm until midnight, we’ll also have a TSA demo running until 10pm if you want to test a new board. If you are coming down be sure to buy a tonnes of raffle tickets as we’ve had some amazing prizes donated by 32, Spacecraft, Dinosaurs Will Die, Capita, Nikita, Whitelines, Bern, Bonfire, Bataleon, Drake, Northwave, Salomon and Endeavor. Tickets are only £2 and there are thousands of pounds of raffle prizes to be won on the night.
More info can be found of the Facebook events page.
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.
This Saturday sees a special Movember Who's Afraid of the Park? event at Snozone Milton Keynes. Thursday and Friday park plans are also shown below and there are some tasty freestyle discounts to be had over the weekend.
The force is strong with this one...
Surrender yourself to the dark side and join us on Tuesday 26th November as we take to the slope for another round of Who’s The Daddy shenanigans. This year we've taken a slightly different spin, as we host a good old fashioned fun jam night, where all ages and levels will be greeted with a huge wookie welcome.
All slope users on the night will be entered in to a draw to win a winter HOLIDAY for 2 people to Andorra! (We will draw the holiday winner on the night and you must be here to win so the odds are pretty favourable!)
Plus, make sure you don your finest Star Wars themed fancy dress - the best one on the night wins a 3 MONTHS UNLIMITED RAMP NIGHT PASS.
There will of course be the infamous quarter pipe tombstone finale, where we’ll witness the UK’s finest battle it out for the top spot and walk away with the DADDY PASS – 3 months unlimited ramp nights and let's not forget the glory.
Join us. It is unavoidable. It is your destiny.
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