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Chill Factore Lesson Offer from Groupon

Chill Factore Lesson Offer from Groupon

Chill Factore LessonsGroupon have just released a great offer for the Chill Factore in Manchester. Beginners ski or snowboard lesson for one for only £29 or for 2 for just £56.

The normal price of lessons are £72 and £144 respectively. We’ll definitely be taking advantage of this offer to warm up before the Winter rush to the the slopes, either real or indoor!

Groupon Chill Factore Offer

Here’s the info they’ve sent us about the Chill Factore Offer:

Choose Between Two Options

  • £29 for Beginner level one ski or snowboard lesson for one person (60% off)
  • £56 for Beginner level one ski or snowboard lesson for two people (61% off)

The Merchant

Chill Factore is located four miles from Manchester city centre, and right next to the Trafford Centre. The 180-metre indoor slope is made from real snow, and enjoyed by novices and experts alike. Skiing and snowboarding lessons cater for all skill levels, and winter aficionados of all ages can frolic in the Snow Park. After bursts of snowy activity, guests can unwind on the centre’s Alpine Street, where shopping and dining join the agenda.

This Chill Factore Offer is valid from  until 12th November and there are a limited number of places available. CLICK HERE to find out more and book your place.

5 Skiing Tips for Beginners from Alpine Elements

5 Skiing Tips for Beginners

Alpine-ElementsAlpine Elements are an Active Holiday specialist based in the UK who have been operating for over 18 years and take over 22,500 clients away to France, Austria and Greece every year! They are members of both ABTA and ATOL and organise winter and summer holidays with the ski and snowboarding holidays operating from their own hotels and chalets.

The recently published their ‘5 Beginner Tips for Skiing‘ which I felt obliged to pass on:

Choose the Right Resort

Different ski resorts generally cater for different levels and abilities of skier and snowboarder. Most large resorts will have terrain to suit all abilities but nearly all have a slight bias towards a particular standard. Pick a resort as a beginner that has a bias towards more advanced skiers and you could end up very frustrated, or worse, scare yourself silly and never want to ski again!

French resorts such as Tignes and Meribel are ideally set up for beginners, with a large number of gentle beginners slopes which are easy to access. If going in a mixed group however, it’s important to have the option to ski more advanced slopes for those in the group that have been before. Don’t forget also that you either want a resort that is lively with plenty going on in the evenings, or a more relaxing quieter option. Very often the apres-ski can make or break a holiday and determine whether you have a great holiday and would want to go again..

Get the Right Gear

Until you’ve been skiing and decided that you’d like to go again, it’s unlikely that you will have your own equipment. Most resorts that cater for beginners and have a decent set of learner slopes, will also have ski hire shops that can cater for beginners needs.

Atomic Ski

There are many factors when it comes to selecting equipment to hire for a beginner. Longer skis tend to be more stable, but won’t turn as quickly or easily as shorted skis. The boots also have to be a good fit and the right style – you’re going to be wearing them most of the day for the duration of the holiday, so they should beSalomon Ski Boot comfortable. Those with larger ankles and calves or a high instep will probably find a 2 piece shell style boot more comfortable than the newer 3-piece shells. There’s a post on ski boots selection here, but the hire shop is probably the best place for advice.

In the past it was also common place to ski without any head protection. Those days are long gone now and it’s generally frowned upon for skiers and snowboarders not to be on the slopes without a helmet. It is still of course up to the individual, but some resorts are considering making helmets compulsory..

Get a Teacher

It’s all very well having a friend or relative teaching you the basics of skiing, but unless they’re an expert skier or a trained instructor, they’re likely to pass on any bad habits that they have. I know, for example, that I’m a lazy skier and don’t bend and flex enough – I don’t think I would ever consider trying to show someone how to ski!

ESF Ski School

It’s so important for everyone’s safety and enjoyment that a beginner gets started in the right direction, learning all the basics to stay out of trouble, and very often only a qualified instructor can do this effectively.

Most resorts have a range of ski schools to choose from, from the local ski school (ESF in France) through qualified independents and even English instructors teaching locally (BASS for example). Lessons can range from intensive one-to-one tuition to groups of beginners at the same level, depending principally on your budget. Group lessons can be fun, but also frustrating if you don’t pick up the basics as quickly as the rest of the group, or if there are others there who have been before and make you feel slow to learn.

Keep Your Head Up

It’s easier said than done, but it is very important that the beginner learns to keep their head up at all times. It’s very easy from the start to keep looking at the skis to see that they’re pointing in the right direction or not about to cross over etc. As confidence and control grows however, keeping your head up will allow you to see not only obstacles in you way (other skiers for example) but also the terrain that you’re about to ski into.

Keeping your head up and looking down the slope also helps to keep your balance and of course take in the scenery..

Have Fun!

It might sound obvious, but skiing is supposed to be fun!

It’s very easy to get too self conscious and worry about falling over in front of everyone else, but everyone falls at one time or another. There’s a saying that I use every time I take a tumble -‘If you don’t fall than you’re not trying hard enough!’ At least that’s my excuse.

Relaxing while skiing rather than being tense and nervous also helps – easier said than done when the idea of a fall is playing on your mind, especially when you see fearless local children flying past you as if they were born with skis on. face it, if you go skiing for a week a year for 10 years, then you’ve probably got about as much skiing in as a local gets in one season…

Have fun and enjoy yourself and you’ll keep coming back for more.



Chill Factore Offer

Chill Factore Offer

WOWCHER have just released a great offer at the Chill Factore in Manchester. You can purchase a 1hr 50min beginners ski or snowboard lesson for just £29 instead of the usual £66!

Chill Factore
Beginners Ski Lesson
  • Get a 1hr 50min ski or snowboard lesson at the home of one of the UK’s longest indoor slopes!
  • Perfect for beginners or youngsters.
  • Experience real snow at one of the UK’s leading indoor snow centres.
  • Incs. equipment – just wrap up warm!
  • Based close to The Trafford Centre.
  • Don’t wait for winter to come round again to get your ski legs.

Full details can be had by CLICKING HERE, but hurry, there’s only a few days left on this offer..