After about a year of wanting to learn to ski (not for a holiday, just for myself) I decided to book some lessons with the dry slope at Chatham. Luckily for me it is quite local.
I booked a set of group lessons, 4 for £100 with a 5th lesson free. Fantastic deal!
I had a different instructor for my first 3 lessons. Joe for lesson 1, Rob for lesson 2, and Ian for lessons 3 and 4 and honestly cannot fault any of them.
Their teaching was helpful and feedback was always constructive, each instructor was more than willing to help me personally if I needed it and despite learning as a group I feel like I progressed at a good pace.
I now take private lessons with Pam who is fantastic, she works with me so closely to make sure I have the confidence to use the slope and that the skills I have learnt are solid.
Great staff all round, even instructors who I haven't taken lessons with have been willing to help me if I needed it.
In terms of the slope, I have never had any problems with the condition of the main slope or the smaller slope.
Inside, you can get drinks and food and sit in the restaurant or by the windows to look out at the slope. Outside there are also picnic benches so when the weather's good it's nice to sit outside with a drink before a lesson and relax.
With regard to other comments, I have never seen any dirt or rubbish and all the equipment I have used has been in good condition. I don't think it would be in the company's best interests to even give out equipment that is damaged or in bad condition, could affect their insurance or cause a whole range of serious problems?
As for staff, I have mentioned instructors, but other members of staff are also lovely and it's great to watch people who look like they enjoy working at the slope and spending time with the people they work with.
One of my favourite times to go is freestyle night on thursday with the ramps etc out. There's a great atmosphere of being on the floodlit slope and having visitors and members of staff just ski and board together.
Would definitely recommend this slope, lucky to have something so local.
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