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Learn to ski & snowboard! New Snow Tubes (See inside for details) Silksworth Sports Complex Sunderland Snowsports Centre They are here to help you achieve your snowsports Welcome to Silksworth goals, whatever they may be from basic recreational Sports Complex... skiing or snowboarding to an advanced level. Tuition available from the age of 4 years for skiing and 7 years As one of the largest outdoor leisure facilities for snowboarding. in the country and premier ski If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before then you and snowboard centre in England, Silksworth can try the sport in our Foundation 1 sessions. You’ll offers a wealth of high-class amenities to have fun and cover the basics of the sport, if you enjoy sporting enthusiasts. your Foundation 1 session then book onto one of our Foundation 2 courses, consisting of 4 one hour The complex covers the former Silksworth Colliery sessions to help you improve your skills and explore site, a vast area of dereliction, comprising huge shale skiing and snowboarding. If you need to learn in a heaps. The 167 acre reclaimed colliery site short space of time then why not enroll on one of our transformation is acknowledged to be a remarkable fast track courses consisting of six hours tuition over example of both Local Government initiative and two or three days, designed to take you from Central Government backing. complete beginner to having fun on skis or The complex, which opened in the early 1980’s, has snowboards in a safe, controlled fashion. three slopes, the 165 metre main slope is served by In addition we can offer a number of specialist two tows and offers year round, fully floodlit coaching sessions to help you achieve your recreational skiing and snowboarding (programme snowsports goals, including working towards permitting). becoming a qualified instructor, race training and There is also two nursery slopes available for skiing adaptive tuition for those with physical or learning and snowboarding and expert tuition is available for difficulties. beginners to advanced, starting at age 4 years for Recreation opening times skiing and 7 years for snowboarding. Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 1.00pm-9.30pm Silksworth Sports Complex can cater for private one to one lessons, courses, group bookings, birthday Monday, Wednesday 1.00pm-7.00pm parties, schools, colleges and Club members only from 7.00pm-9.00pm university visits. Saturday & Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm Enjoy your snowsports experience! Recreation slope restrictions Monday Snowsports School Freestyle Club Members Only Summer & Winter 7.00pm-9.00pm Silksworth Sports Complex prides itself on the excellence of its staff whose knowledge of skiing and Wednesday snowboarding will assist in providing the experience Ravens Race Club Members Only you will enjoy. From our knowledgeable reception staff Summer & Winter 7.00pm-9.00pm who will steer you towards the lessons you require to Skiing ONLY (no snowboarding) our qualified attendants who will ensure you are issued with the correct equipment for a comfortable and safe Saturday skiing or snowboarding experience. Summer & Winter 10.00am-12.00noon Skiers and Snowboarders learn best from qualified, Last admission to the slope is always one hour and 15 experienced instructors. Our snowsports school is minutes before closing. staffed by leading coaches and instructors, all Summer: April - September nationally or internationally qualified. Winter: October – March 2 Snowboarding Snowboard Foundation 1 session Freestyle Club Night 1 hour – Aged 7 years and above Sunderland Snowsports Centres operates a members If you are a first time snowboarder or just want to give only Freestyle Club every Monday evening from it a try our Foundation 1 sessions are for you. We want 7.00pm – 9.00pm for both skiers and snowboarders, you to be safe, to learn at your own speed and to have with exclusive use of the main slope during this time. a great time. Our snowboard instructors will take you Rails and jumps will be available on the main slope through the basics of the sport, helping you to feel (helmets must be worn). comfortable with your equipment. You will also The club is supervised by Snowsports School Staff practice straight runs down the slope, toe and heel, from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. Various themed freestyle side slipping and using the edges of the board to nights are presented throughout the year. You must control your speed of decent. You’ll have the thrill of be able to use both edges of the board competently learning to slide on our dedicated teaching slope. on the main slope in order to join the club. Skiers are Running time will be approximately 55 minutes to welcome to join the Freestyle Club, however you must allow the instructor to give feedback. be able to effectively manoeuvre in parallel turns and be interested in freestyle activities. Snowboard Foundation 2 course 4 x 1 hour – Aged 7 years and above Snowsports lessons, courses and clubs If you’ve enjoyed your Foundation 1 session or you We cannot guarantee that you will reach the level have had some experience then the next step is the described within the content of each lesson or course, Foundation 2 course. Our instructors will help you to progression will depend upon individual pace of discover turning from basic side slipping, diagonal development. sideslip, falling leaf, sideslip traversing and progressing (where there are insufficient numbers for the course to manoeuvres into the fall line. By the end of the course run you may be required to move to an alternative you should be able to control your speed, and you course/private lesson - any additional fee payable). may be introduced to the main slope and lifts. (Running time of the final session will be approximately 55 minutes to allow the instructor to give feedback). Snowboard Foundation 3 course 4 x 1 hour – Aged 7 years and above The Foundation 3 course will allow you to develop your board control through the fall line, which includes garlands, aided turns and progression to basic linked turns. Working with our instructors on your individual needs these sessions will help you become a more skillful snowboarder allowing you to board with confidence on the main slope. (Running time of the final session will be approximately 55 minutes to allow the instructor to give feedback). 3 Skiing Fast Track - learn to ski in 2 or 3 days! Ski Development 3 session 3 x 2 hours or 2 x 3 hours – Aged 15 years and above 1 x 3 hour – Aged 7 years and above (see note below) If you know that skiing is for you or you have limited The Ski Development 3 session is for those who have time to learn why not try one of our fast track courses successfully completed a Foundation 2 course or are designed to take you from skiing novice to being able to able to effectively control themselves in a snowplough ski on your own in two or three convenient sessions. By making linked turns on the main slope. Working with the end of the course you may be introduced to the our instructors on your individual needs these sessions main slope and lifts. will help you become a more skillful skier by developing participants skills from plough steering to It is advised that you are in reasonable physical condition basic swings (matching skis during the turn) and before enrolling, due to the nature and duration of the beyond. course. By the end of the course you may be introduced to the main slope and lifts. No refunds can be given. 15 Note: It is advised that you are in reasonable physical years of age and above only. condition before enrolling, due to the nature and duration of the session. You must meet the minimum Ski Foundation 1 session standard to book on this session, any participant not 1 hour – Aged 7 years and above deemed to be at the level required will not be allowed The Ski Foundation 1 session is for those wanting to to take further part in the session, this is to ensure the try skiing for the first time. Learn with our instructors instructor is fully focused on the development of the how to feel comfortable with ski equipment and the remainder of the group. No refunds can be given basics of the sport including moving around on level unless cancellations are made outside of the standard ground, stepping up the slope, descending the slope in 48 hours rule. both parallel and snowplough positions. You’ll also Ski Racing Clubs have the thrill of learning to slide on our dedicated teacher slopes. Sunderland Snowsports Centre currently has two ski racing clubs using the ski slope for race training. Due to the importance of these fundamental skills some participants may be advised to repeat this The ‘City of Sunderland’ Ravens Ski Club train every session before booking onto the Foundation 2 course. Wednesday evening as part of their club night from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. (Running time will be approximately 55 minutes to allow the instructor to give feedback) The Tigers Ski Club use the slope on a Thursday evening from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Ski Foundation 2 course 4 x 1 hour – Aged 7 years and above Both clubs are actively involved in race competitions, at ski slopes throughout the country as well as The Ski Foundation 2 courses are for those who have competitions held at Sunderland Snowsports Centre. successfully completed a Foundation 1 session or who have had previous skiing experience. If you have Ski and Snowboard Instructor Training and enjoyed your Foundation 1 session or you can slide Courses comfortably in a straight line then this course is the next step. Sunderland Snowsports Centre prides itself on the quality of its ski instructors, who deliver our Over the four sessions our instructors will help you programme to the very highest of standards. In discover turning, effectively control speed and stop in conjunction with UK Snowsports we run examination a snowplough. By end of the course you may be courses for those wishing to become a qualified introduced to the main slope and lifts. instructor, starting from level 1. Due to individual capabilities some may progress faster You must be over 16 years of ages and be able to than others. (Running time of the final session will be effect smooth, linked parallel turns from the top of the approximately 55 minutes to allow the instructor to main slope. There are a maximum of 10 places with a give feedback). minimum of 5 for the course to run. Course information is available from reception and www.snowsportengland.org.uk. 4 Juniors Ski Kinder Foundation Private Ski & Snowboard Lessons 4 x 1 hour – Aged 4-6 years Private Ski & Snowboard lessons are available for all, The Kinder Foundation course is for children aged 4 whether beginner or advanced. Private tuition can be to 6 years old. It aims to give your child an easy and booked for an individual or a group lesson to the fun introduction to moving around on skis. maximum of 5 persons (must be of the same standard). The course will include an introduction to the skis, Minimum age for skiing lesson is 4 years (smallest size moving about on level ground, side stepping up the boot 6.5) slope, sliding down the slope with the skis parallel and in a snowplough position. Where appropriate, course Minimum age for snowboarding lesson is 7 years members will be introduced to using the rope tow. (smallest size boot 1.5) Ski Kinder Control Group bookings 4 x 1 hour – Aged 4-6 years Sunderland Snowsports Centre can also cater for The Ski Kinder Control course is aimed to build upon group bookings, with prices based on maximum of 12 the skills and knowledge acquired on the Ski Kinder participants per lesson for skiing and 8 for Foundation course. Course members should be able snowboarding. Group booking prices are available to confidently snowplough. The emphasis of this covering a number of category users such as: adults, course will be upon developing plough steering skills juniors, universities, colleges, schools, youth to control direction and speed. On the advice of your organisations and we can also provide you with a instructor, you may need to repeat the Kinder Control lesson for your child’s birthday party. Party food and course or book private lessons should your child fail to rooms are available at the Sunderland Tennis Centre reach the standard required to practice on the main which is only a few minutes walk from the Snowsports slope or the standard to join the Polar Bear Club. Centre. Should you wish to bring a large group or party we will endeavour to provide you with number of ‘Polar Bear Junior Ski Club’ instructors you require. Sunderland Snowsports Centre operates a junior ski club, where our qualified instructors are present to give Recreation Skiing & Snowboarding tips and advice. The Saturday morning ‘Polar Bear Junior This is available for those who can competently turn Ski Club’ runs every Saturday from 10.00am - from one edge to the other whilst snowboarding or for 12.00noon. Club membership is available for children those who can competently snowplough, stop and from ages 4 to 16 years, our only stipulation is that your turn on the main slope whilst skiing. You can pay per child can competently snowplough, stop and turn on hour or purchase an extended ski pass from reception the main slope. During the course of the year we carry for a half day or full day. Recreational skiers and out an informal programme which includes: Badge snowboarders MUST read and sign the disclaimer assessment, personal proficiency, obstacle course before paying for their activity, whilst adhering to the training and fun activities such as wacky ski races. slope rules. 5 Equipment F.I.S. Servicing The Ski Way code to safer skiing/boarding Sunderland Ski Centre offers a ski and snowboard • Respect for others repair and maintenance service, all our ski technician Be aware of other skiers and snowboarders staff are qualified, having attended manufacturers • Control of speed courses. Ski or snowboard within the limits of your ability, stop safely. We offer a number of service options, pick up a price • Choice of route list from reception. Pick your route carefully. • Overtaking Equipment Allow space for others, skiers and snowboarders ahead have right of way. • Starting or entering the slope Hire Look around to avoid the path of other skiers or snowboarders. The centre holds a large stock of equipment • Stopping on the slope specifically for use on snow, including the latest Always stop at the side, after a fall always move models. This stock covers a range of sizes and can be to the side. hired at competitive rates. • Respect for signs and markings Always obey signs, they provide information for All snow hire equipment must be booked in advance. your safety. A deposit will be required on collection of the • Assistance at accidents equipment, this will be refunded trusting the Be prepared to assist at accidents by informing an equipment be returned in reasonable condition. instructor or centre staff. • Climbing and descending on foot If this is necessary, keep to the side. • Identification If you have witnessed an accident, please provide your details. Ski or Snowboard Party Ski and Snowboard parties are available throughout the year for all ages and abilities. Snow Tubes The most fun you can have sitting down! An exciting new activity has landed at the complex. Snow Tubes is the ultimate sporting experience for both youngsters and adults. Step into the round inflatable ‘doughnuts’ and let the ski slope slide, skid and spin you into a frenzy! Book an exclusive party or join one of the casual sessions (40 minutes of fun), subject to current ski and snowboard bookings, please contact reception for availability. • Max: 10 people • Age: 7 years and above Please note: The staff on duty are present during the tubing session to monitor the correct use of snow tubes, it is the responsibility of parent/guardian present to both participate in and supervise the session. 6 Ski slope rules and regulations 1. Payment by cash, cheque (payable to Sunderland City Council) or credit card at time of booking. 2. Cancellations Cancellation fee of full amount will be imposed on all lessons cancelled within 48 hour period. Cancellation by you for medical reasons within 48hrs accompanied by a Doctor’s certificate will result in a credit for the full amount remaining towards another booking at a mutually agreed time, any difference will be payable by you. Any cancellation by the centre will result in a full refund, a credit for the full amount or transfer to a mutually agreed time. We cannot issue cash or credit card refunds after 24hrs from the date of payment, refunds will be via a cheque to your home address. 3 You are advised to turn up for your lesson 15 minutes early to collect your equipment. 4 Please advise reception when booking and the instructor prior to the start of your lesson of any injuries/disabilities or special requirements. 5 Gloves MUST be worn at all times. 6 Arms and legs MUST be covered at all times. 7 All recreational skiers MUST be able to ‘snowplough, stop and turn’ and snowboarders MUST be competent in using both edges of the board. (You MUST also sign the disclaimer before paying for your activity). 8 All recreational skiers and snowboarders MUST adhere to the slope rules, please see the signs displayed in the building and next to the ski lifts. 9 Instruction, teaching or coaching is NOT permitted on any of the slopes by members of the public. The above can only be given by Sunderland City Council Ski and Snowboard School Employees who are qualified with the Snowsport England or the British Snowboard Association. 10 Our coaches and instructors will give you the guidance you need to improve your skills. The actual content of each lesson or course will be tailored to suit the need of the skiers or snowboarders in each class. Because we all learn at different rates our instructors will give you advice at the end of each lesson as to what you need to do next to ensure you book onto the correct course or lesson. 11 When booking a group lesson all skiers or snowboarders must be of the same skiing or snowboarding standard. 12 To receive the family rate this MUST consist of 2 adults and 2 juniors or 1 adult and 3 juniors, any additional family members will pay the additional person rate as stated (junior MUST be 7 years and above). All family members MUST be of the same standard and enrolled on the same course. 13 Due to the changeover of instructors from one lesson to the next you may encounter some delay at the start of your lesson, unfortunately this is unavoidable particularly during our busiest periods. 14 We cannot guarantee that the same instructor will be available to take every date of every given course. 15 Juniors are deemed as being under 18 years of age and will be eligible for junior rates (proof of age must be produced if requested). 16 When we supply equipment we need to know your weight, height, age, shoe size, ability and any special requirements you may have. If you’re bringing children make sure that you have this information for them too. All lessons and courses must be paid for at the time of booking, in person or by telephone using a valid credit card. 48 hours notice of cancellation is required, refunds cannot be given inside of 48 hour period. 7 Disclaimer Prices are correct at time of publication and are subject to change. Although every effort is made to ensure your safety, skiing and snowboarding by their nature can be dangerous. Therefore users do so at their own risk. Anyone incurring an accident should report to a first aider on site at reception. Recreational skiers and snowboarders MUST read and sign the disclaimer before paying for their activity, whilst adhering to the slope rules (see page 7). Where to find us Sunderland Buses from City Centre: Barnes Hotel City Centre 12, 33, 141, 142, 13 Free car parking available Bookings hotline: Superstores 0191 553 5793 ad Ro Monday - Friday am rh Du Police Station No McDonalds 1.00pm - 8.30pm rth mo 90 or Saturday - Sunday A6 La 10.00am - 4.00pm ne Newcastle Ski Slope Silksworth Sports Complex Entrance A19 Silksworth Lane, Sunderland SR3 1PD A19 Tel: 0191 553 5785 Durham (A1M) Teesside Fax: 0191 553 5789 Email: email@example.com This information can be made available in large print, Braille, audio and other languages. Please contact the Marketing Team on 0191 561 8407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help. All information correct at time of going to press. Published March 2009. As part of Sunderland’s commitment to a balanced and sustainable future this leaflet is printed on paper made from 80% recycled post consumer waste. Please recycle it again after use by putting it in your Kerb-it box or your paper bank. 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