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It's My Dry Slope, My Sport - Georgia Hyett

July 13, 2017

We are aware that grassroots snow sports in the UK invariably revolves around artificial snow or dry slopes, but that doesn't just have to be the beginning, it can be a life-long love affair! 

We're keen to feature people making use of their local dry slope on a regular basis. We want to hear from a diverse background of users from across all disciplines (Ski, Board, Nordic, Disability) young and old. It would be great to have stories from recreational participants, instructors or coaches, competitors and people who work in the sport.

This is Georgia Hyett's Dry Slope Story. Her local dry slope has changed the course of her life by making her determined that snow sports will not just be a life-long hobby but her career as well.

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Tell us a bit more about yourself.

I’m 16 years old and I’m currently sitting my GCSEs in school. I ski race for Wales on dry slope and also instruct at my local ski centre, Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre. I started racing at the age of eight, just doing local school races and a few Celtic Cups and Club Nationals.

 

Which slope do you use?

I use Cardiff Ski Slope.

 

How long have you been using dry slopes and how often do you go?

I started using a dry slope after coming back from my first skiing holiday with my family when I was four. I went to the Sunday morning beginner session and have loved it since then. I gradually moved up the groups and moved to the race club when I was seven. I currently train once a week with the race club but am down the slope working most weekends.

 

What do you do when you are there?

When I’m at the slope I’m either there for training or there for work. So I’m either taking a lesson, helping other people’s skiing or improving my own skills.

 

Why do you go to your slope?

I go to my slope because I love to ski. Dry slopes help to bring skiing to Britain without having to go abroad and find snow. I also go to instruct and coach, which I love being able to do.

 

What does your dry slope mean to you?

My dry slope means a lot to me because it is where I grew into loving the sport that I do and actually being able to do it. I have met some of my best friends on dry slopes at races  all over the country during the years and lots of them are from Cardiff Ski Slope.

 

Do you have any specific ambitions?

I have two ambitions that I would like to achieve in the future, the first one to be a ski coach/race coach. I want to get my coaching qualifications so I can live my dream of coaching and living out in the alps. I want to be able to help young racers achieve their dreams within ski racing. My second one is to be a Sport Phycologist but mainly for ski racers. I really enjoy the phycology sessions I go to and the impact it has on my skiing. 

 

Do you have any role models in the sport?

I have quite a few role models within skiing. Two of them are British Alpine skier, Dave Ryding and American skier, Mikaela Shiffrin. Dave is one because he started skiing and racing on dry slope and doing the dry slope circuit. He has proven that a dry slope skier can make it in ski racing and be one of the best in the world. Mikaela is one because of her success at such a young age and how dominating she has been ever since joining the World Cup series back in 2011 when she was just 16.

 

Is there anything else you want to add or say about dry slope skiing or boarding?

Everyone should get the chance to try it and enjoy doing something a little different within skiing and snowboarding.


If you like what you read and have a story of your own you'd like to share please email marketing@snowsportwales.net.

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