Get some practice in before going on holiday with a snowboarding lesson at SnowDome, the UK's top indoor real snow centre. You'll start off with a safety briefing and an introduction to all the equipment (which is all included). Then you'll try out some basic moves and find out whether you're a 'regular foot' or 'goofy foot' - that is, whether your leading leg is your left or your right. You'll get to grips with the right stance for balance, and then move on to gaining control of the toe edge and heel edge of the board and going down the slope, and back again - the 'falling leaf' manoeuvre. Your qualified instructor will be on hand throughout, to give you loads of help and to pick you up when you topple over.
Seven days a week, subject to availability.
SnowDome's real snow-covered slopes are indoors, so this experience won't be affected by the weather.
Numbers On Day
A maximum of six people take part in each lesson with a qualified instructor.
Friends and family can come along and watch you. There are excellent facilities for spectators and good views of the main slope from the balcony.
Wrap up in lots of warm layers. Wear waterproofs (top and trousers) if you've got them. Warm gloves are essential. A snowboard, boots and protective headwear will be provided. There are (20p chargable) lockers and changing rooms available.
SnowDome is easy to find, just five minutes from junction 10 of the M42, and only one and a half hours from North London, Bristol, Manchester or Leeds. From M42 junction 10, follow signs to Tamworth and the tourist information signs onward to SnowDome. Parking costs just PS1 for the whole day.
Minimum age is 17. You'll need to be reasonably physically fit. This experience is ideal for complete beginners.
Other on-site activities include tobogganing, adrenalin tubing, and ice-skating. SnowDome also has two bars and restaurants on-site.