Ski Zone, Basingstoke
Muddy says: Want to learn to ski/snowboard or perfect your technique but can’t jet off to the mountains? Hop on this ingenious treadmill and get ski ready without the hefty price tag.
Want to learn to ski/snowboard or perfect your technique but can’t jet off to the mountains? Ski Zone in Basingstoke has the perfect solution with a kind of ingenious astroturf treadmill designed to simulate ski-ing and snowboarding. Here’s how it works – the carpet is much wider than a gym treadmill so 2 or 3 of you can be on the ‘slope’ at once. The gradient of the slope and speed of the treadmill are controlled by your coach to fit your ability and you can hang on to the bar in front to support yourself if needs be (hell, yeah!). The instructor will help with your technique and there’s a mirror in front of the slope so you can see what you’re doing. Normal skis are provided but you can bring your own boots if you like or hire theirs. It’s also a great way to maintain your fitness – 3o mins on the carpet is apparently equivalent to a whole morning ski-ing. It’s also a whole lot cheaper. I’ve had friends try this out and they said it improved their technique no end. Say farewell to expensive ski school in the mountains and hello magic carpet!