New dry ski slope opens at Tallington Lakes
All-action skiers will be able to experience the thrill of skiing down a mountain - at improved dry facilities in Tallington.
Tallington Lakes Ski and Snowboard Centre has kicked off an ambitious six-figure development plan with the opening of a new and faster nursery slope.
Further plans include a re-surfaced and re-shaped main slope along with a 2,000 square-metre freestyle area that will have a natural schuss, jump box and slope style features for freestyle skiing and snowboarding.
“We’re very excited to see what happens with the new slope this winter,” said Chas Shrosbree, manager of the centre.
“The new slope has been really well received so far.
“There was a slope there before but this one has been re-surfaced so it is a lot faster and the plan is to extend the main slope and have a freestyle area.”
The 55 year-old, father of two who lives in Bourne, said he hoped it would attract more visitors to the area and inspire people to take up winter sports.
“The plan is to give both locals and people from outside high-quality facilities even though we are in a flat part of the country,” said Chas.
“It gives them something a lot more local.
“We want to create a Centre of Excellence too and although we are smaller than the snowdomes, we can offer a great experience.
“People have often said that it’s a hidden gem.”
The new nursery slope has been supplied by Italian firm Neveplast and is said to simulate real snow conditions, with the company saying it has the ‘same slipperiness as snow’.
It is hoped that the ski slope will continue to inspire the next generation who already use Tallington Lake’s dry slopes, including snowboarder Ollie Wilson and Henry Randall, who has just won a bronze medal in the National Schools Alpine Ski Championships.
They are following in the footsteps of Jade Etherington, from Bourne, who won four medals in the paralympic alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The development project is expected to be finished next year.