Beat the heat with Winter Olympic contender Ed Drake on the UK’s largest  indoor Ski & Board Cross Course this August Bank Holiday Monday.   The Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead is welcoming ski and boarders of all levels to take part in this summer’s coolest event – hosted by top British Alpine skier Ed Drake!

The Snow Centre’s real snow slope will be transformed with …competitive starting gates, artificial bumps, turns and wu-tangs on a one day only ski and board challenge.  Contenders from complete novice to budding pro can line up at the starting gate, race an Olympian or enjoy the thrill of speeding  over the rollers with friends and family.

Hit the slopes between 10.00 and 5.00 p.m on 26th August and make the most of 2 Hour Lift Passes for the price of 1,  20% OFF pre-booked slope time and the chance to benefit from pro hints and tips from a British Olympian!  Adult Lift Pass prices start at just £23.20 and Junior Lift Passes start at £20 (including the pre-booking discount).

And if Ed Drake’s inside knowledge and guidance leaves you thirsty for more, or if some extra ski and boarder cross guidance will really speed you on your way, bag your spot on the evening’s coaching session!  One hour coaching sessions for just £29 will run between 5pm – 8pm and offer the chance to race down the full ski and  boarder cross course with style.  Book before 14th August to enjoy a 1 hour coaching session for just £20 or add the coaching session to your daytime Lift Pass for just £10.

Ed Drake, who hopes to  compete in the ski cross event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics,  commented, ‘The is such a great opportunity  to enjoy some competitive fun on the snow -  whether you’re a complete novice or a budding pro!    The open session will let you experience your Snow Sport in a different way and it’s a chance to challenge your friends or family to see who’s the fastest.  The coaching session will be excellent too – I’ll be keeping an eye out for any future Olympians!”

Ski and Snowboard Lessons with the centre’s highly qualified Instructors are available throughout the summer with half price Adult and Junior Beginner Lessons on the UK’s largest, real snow Training Slope in the UK.  And if you would rather watch the fun from the comfort of The Snow Centre’s Edge CafeBar overlooking the slopes, you can tuck into delicious food and drink without missing a thing. Family platters and kids menus are also available.

Visit www.thesnowcentre.com to book or call 0845 258 9000.

Not sure how Ski Cross works?

Ski Cross joined the Olympic Games for Vancouver 2010.  The pure start to finish course allowed skiers to go head to head racing over the same artificial turns, bumps, slopes and wu-tangs – making for some very exciting viewing. Whilst ski cross appears in the same Olympic category as freestyle it does not involve quite as extreme tricks, features and jumps. In a race style format it can prove to be the perfect introduction to freestyle or perhaps just to add some extra thrills to your slope time.