It’s November, and, given the plummet in temperatures we’ve seen over the past week, it seems that winter has arrived.
There’s an iciness in the air, and we’ve reached that point of the year where you wake up and go to work in the dark, spend all day locked inside an office, and then it’s back to being dark again when you leave. *Sigh*
But wait, winter isn’t necessarily all bad. Ok, all that dark is bad news – particularly if you’re the type of person who relies upon sunshine to feel happy – but winter means big duffel coats, woolly hats and sitting cosily by the fire. And, of course, the beautiful light and whiteness of snow – which brings us neatly round to thinking about how it’s nearly the ski season again!
Did someone say skiing?! Perhaps throwing yourself down a slope on two planks isn’t your idea of fun – but honestly, 99% of the people who I know who have tried skiing, love it. Not like it: love it. There’s something about the freedom, the great outdoors, and the adrenaline (not to mention the hot chocolates and the apres ski) which can turn even the most uncoordinated person into an athlete.
If you’ve tried it before and can’t wait to hit the slopes again, you’re in luck: Manchester is blessed with the best indoor skiing centre in the country! ChillFactorE, a giant refrigerated building near the Trafford Centre, has a slope made of real snow, and it’s the perfect place to find your ski-legs.
If you’ve not yet tried it, then you’re also in luck: ChillFactorE do a great range of taster and beginner courses which can take you from zero to hero in a matter of weeks (including tuition on moguls, slalom courses, and free-style jumps!). And with prices starting from just £13 an hour (including ski hire) then it’s also a lot cheaper than you might think – and that’s before taking into account your CityCard discount.
CityCard members can get a whopping 25% discount off at ChillFactorE, with the offer valid for you and up to seven friends or family (pre-booking required). So what are you waiting for? Go hit the slopes!
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