As the skier or snowboarder uses the slope, the carpet is angled from the back so that there is a natural downward movement. However, this is compensated by the upward movement of the carpet which rotates around two rollers, one at the top and one at the bottom of the slope. The slope angle can be changed by the coach from 9-20 degrees.
Speed of Rotation
The speed of rotation of the carpet can also be adjusted by the coach from 0 – 20 mph – meaning we can make it run at barely walking pace so that nervous skiers can relax and become comfortable with moving at slower speeds. With both the adjustable angle and speed, the slopes can accommodate an absolute beginner to a World Cup skier.
The Support Bar
There is a bar at the bottom of the slope which can be held onto by beginners to gain their balance and to learn the initial techniques of snowplough.
The mirror allows you to see where you’re going, where you and your fellow slope users are at any one time and also encourages you to look ahead rather than down at your feet – which is what you should also do when you’re on real snow too!
Boots: the better the fit, the better the control over the skis. The skis we use are the same as any standard carving ski but due to the resistance the carpet creates, they are not serviced and sharpened in the same way that you would if you were using them on real snow. We also adjust our skis so that they release more quickly than on snow. The sharp edges of your own skis or snowboards could damage the surface of the carpet and the wax on the bases can prevent your skis or boards from sliding properly so we ask you not to bring your own equipment but to use ours instead. You are very welcome to bring your own boots and we will fit them to our skis or snowboards when you arrive.