40 years since Tallington Lakes in Lincolnshire first opened its doors to the public and 35 years since their original 120 metre long dry ski slope was added to the growing leisure park; a brand-new surface has been fitted.
“Our outdoor dry slope offers a chance for those that want to try something a bit different this winter to get out there to give it a go, or challenge advanced freestyle and racing skiers who want a responsive, fast slope that offers a huge edge grip to hone their skills,” said Chas Shrosbree, manager of Tallington Lakes.
The old Dendix surface has been replaced with the next generation Proslope surface which is designed to “mimic snow-like conditions” and includes surface misting and a shock absorption with the aim that everyone from complete beginners to full on freestyle skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the slopes safely.
The centre also employs BASI instructors offering private or group lessons and the Pro Shop, located just off the dry slope, offers a ski and snowboard boot fitting service.
Former Team GB snowboarder and Olympian Jamie Nicholls is a fan of the surface having tried it at the Proslope base at Snowtrax, commenting, “I instantly felt the difference …it feels more forgiving without losing any board control.”
Tallington Lakes, which is located on 205 acres of clean spring water fed lakes, also offers lots of other activities besides snow sports including water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, dinghy sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. You can even walk on water in one of their water Zorbs. Back on land, besides the dry ski slope there is a 15 metre climbing tower, as well as a Pro Shop, bar and restaurant and camping, caravan and motorhome site.
The centre plans to run racing, freestyle competitions and ski touring classes, as well as day courses and junior snow school on the new Proslope surface and plans to kick off the winter season with a Christmas Freestyle Open Day in December.