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It's My Sport, My Dry Slope

June 19, 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 Bobby Vaughan-Jones' Dry Slope Story, 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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Who are you?

Bobby Vaughan-Jones

 

Tell us a bit more about yourself.

I am a 35 year old ski instructor from West Wales living in the small coastal village of Llangrannog.


Which slope do you use?

Llangrannog Ski Centre.


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

I started skiing when the dry slope first opened back in 1989 when my primary school stayed at the activity centre. I would also ski there on a regular basis, joining ski club, and attending activity nights held by local organisations such as Cub Scouts and Adran (a welsh equivalent of Cubs).  

I ski frequently at the centre as I am working as an instructor there and try to take advantage of any free time I get by spending it on the slope.


What do you when you are there?

Most of my time is spent teaching skiing to people of all levels, from very beginner through to advanced ski racers. When I do get some free time, I like to work on my own performance, and also enjoy a bit of freestyle skiing.


Why do you go to your slope?

The obvious reason being to come to work, however, I do also like to come in my free time to work on my own skiing. There is also a good community of friends and colleagues at the centre so it’s fun to visit for the social side of things as well as the skiing.


What does your dry slope mean to you? 

The slope means a lot to me as it has introduced an activity to me that I thoroughly enjoy. It’s also opened opportunities for me to work in the sport, as I have been able use the ski centre as a stepping stone to gain qualifications in skiing which allows me to work abroad, teaching skiing to school children for a UK based ski school in Austria. 


Do you have any specific ambitions?

I currently hold UK Snowsports Level 2, and a Salomon Technician qualification. I am still looking to further my skiing qualifications, and perhaps look into working more with adaptive skiers. I’d also like to learn more about mountain safety, and perhaps look into gaining some qualifications in that area.


Do you have any role models in the sport?

I wouldn’t say I have any specific role models, however I do have an interest in the freestyle ski scene and tend to watch the likes of Bobby Brown, Candide Thovex and of course, James Woods, as well as many others.


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

Dry ski slopes are a great way to introduce skiing to the British public, especially from a young age. I think that the surfaces that tend to be used encourage a better skiing technique, which can then be carried onto snow. They’re also a great place to come and practice before going on a ski holiday to make the most of the time away, as well as ensuring that skiers will be able to ski more safely on a mountain.

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