POI SHOTS SNOWBOARDING Slope action that‘s anything but dry

Snowl)oardrng's always been the cool winter sport. lrendy young things sWItchrng down slopes. flipping rn the arr. pausing only to wink at the camera. I wasn't sure this was for me. No gear, no designer labels. no experience. I w; s scared. But. really. I shouldn't have been. or not for those reasons anyway.

Glasgow Ski Centre rs a friendly little place. Perched on the side of a hill in Bellahouston Park near lhrox. the dry slopes are fairly gentle. And everyone looked pretty normal, although the wee five year olds wlrr//rng down as if they'd been doing it in the womb were a tad intimidating.

lhe hegrnners' class ; ssernhled rn the club house rcale ban and I started to relax. That was. until I realised the beginners class consisted of mainly ten yearold boys who were all expert skateboarders. It dawned on me how the only man in an aerobics class must feel. Never rnrnd. alter getting kitted out rt was trrne to hrt the slope -wrth our very patient tutor. Most of us. it turned out. hadn't snowboarded in the womb and found the rnrtral clrpprng of boots rnto the hoard pretty tough.

Finally we were ready. Knees bent. arms out stretched. head forward. there was no gorng back. Ten metres wrthout falling over. I even managed a wink. Is it for me? If you can handle the initial awkwarrlness and don't rnrnd falling on you arse a lot. this rs for all sorts who enjoy herng outside and slrdrrrg down thrngs.

Who goes? Anyone. Ten year old boys stand out. but really. anyone who wants to learn rs welcome.

ls it good value? Yes. consrderrrrg boot and hoard hrre are rncluded in the price. 8‘5th for a serres of (3 hour long lessons. Not had at all.

Downsides? Feeling a hrt of an eeJit at first, and there's the harsh hrush like surface thick gloves are essential. illuth Hedges)

I Glasgow Skr (‘4 Snowboard Centre. Bella/rouston Park, Glasgow. () MI 42/ 4.95) 7.

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Listed below are details of dry ski slopes in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Please phone in advance to check availability of classes.


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The nice folks at the Glasgow Ski 8 Snowboard Centre are offering one lucky reader the chance to take to the slopes wrth a free snowboarding lesson. It doesn't matter if you are a novrce to the sport or plan on competing in the next Winter Olympics there rs a course to suit your needs. To enter, just tell USI

What essential item of clothing should you wear on dry ski slopes? Answers on an ernarl marked ‘SKI' to pronrotronsfelrst.co.uk or on a postcard to The List. 14 High St. Edinburgh. EHf tTE. Deadline for entries is 10 December 2002. Please include a daytime telephone nurnher and address.

Terms & Conditions

There rs no cash alternative. Offer subject to availability and lessons must be booked in advance. Voucher includes lesson and equipment but does not include transportation to or from the centre.

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