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Woohoo! Skiing!

Thanks for that great TR.

Maybe next time you could hire a guide to explore the off-piste terrain. :-)

Dave G.

On 08/29/2014 08:25 AM, Michael Angle wrote:
> I was in Edinburgh last week for the Fringe Festival.  Arguably the 
> World's largest performing arts festival, it was a blast - although 
> that is not the focus of this trip report.
> Just outside Edinburgh to the south is the Midlothian Snowsports 
> Centre, home of "Europe's longest artifical slope" - AKA dry skiing.  
> I asked my host about it (she grew up skiing in France).  Her only 
> advice; "It's not like real snow, it's hard so it hurts if you fall 
> down".  Sounding not that much different from early season Killington, 
> my mind was set.
> The centre was only a short bus ride and a short climb from town.  I 
> was excited to be skiing (or at least doing something like skiing) in 
> the summer and I was just as excited to see this summer skiing 
> technology. Well as Mr. McGuire told young Benjamin; "I just want to 
> say one word to you. Just one word....Plastics".  The hill was covered 
> in a surface that resembled chainlink fence with plastic bristles 
> growing out of it:
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/16vzdaifxszg54g/SummerSki5.jpg?dl=0
> Of course, I brought no gear me.  But the hourly lift ticket price (12 
> pounds sterling) included rental gear.  The equipment was standard 
> skis and boots. Only the poles were modified.  Rather than sharp 
> points, they had rounded nubs that allowed them to fit in the holes in 
> the chain link:
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/9v8gw7rsfzrt8f4/SummerSki8.jpg?dl=0
> Suitably equiped, I hit the slopes.  My first run was a hike up the 
> bunny slope just to get a feel for it.  Yes, that is me skiing in 
> rental boots and blue jeans:
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ygq0858js03ejw/SummerSki7.jpg?dl=0
> Two turns in and I was skiing!  It felt a bit weird - like skiing on 
> really bad man made snow.  But there were no icy spots - it was 
> totally consistent - and it did react like "real snow" - only slower.
> So with confidence, I left the bunny slope and headed to the top of 
> "The Face" - a twisting, double fall line monster:
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/frhhui0th2bupy0/SummerSki3.jpg?dl=0
> I proceeded to work my way across the mountain - a total of three 
> trails.  I thought about off-piste possibilities until I ran into this:
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/1q9b8oehkwpgrmo/SummerSki2.jpg?dl=0
> And so I spent my hour running laps on the three in-bounds runs. The 
> final analysis?
>  - It was a blast.  It was a real skiing experience.
>  - At the end of an hour, I was just as happy to go do something else.
> Not much different from early season WROD skiing, really.
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