Patrick Thorne

10 Jan 20

From Strictly to Snow

Patrick Thorne

10 Jan 20

Actress turned Strictly star, Catherine Tyldesley, took to the longest indoor real snow slope in the UK to add another skill to her extensive repertoire – skiing.

After taking part in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing last year, Catherine decided she wanted to push herself even further and learn a new skill in just one day.

Swapping her dancing shoes for skis and her ballgown for thermals, Catherine took to the sub-zero temperatures of the Chill Factore indoor snow centre near Manchester for its popular Guarantee to Ski course – six hours of tuition that promises to get absolutely anyone skiing, even if they’ve never even put on a pair of skis before.

Catherine learned ski basics from how to put on skis to sidestepping, body posture to snow plough, until she progressed to the dizzying heights of Chill Factore’s 180m main slope, learning to turn.

“I’ve had the best day learning to ski at Chill Factore! My husband Tom is a really good snowboarder so I’ve always wanted to learn so that we can go on holiday as a family,” said Catherine, adding,

“I was really apprehensive about going onto the slope before today, but the course has built up my confidence. My instructor was fab and even though he had to coax me down the beginner slope to start with, I learnt the basics really quickly. I can now say I’ve skied on the longest indoor slope in the UK and I can’t wait to hit the mountains next!”

Chill Factore’s Guarantee to Ski course is available from £125 and can be taken over three weeks, two days or in a full day so you can learn in a timescale that suits you. What’s more, the centre will offer extra lessons free of charge if you’re not slope ready by the end of your course. It’s also available for snowboarding.