Why you should ride dryslope this summer!
Its that time of year, whilst some of us will be getting those last slushy laps in before things wrap up, most of us will be thinking about next season. Where to go, should I do a season, lots of questions you can ask yourself whilst getting pretty excited about the prospect of snow again. However, for those of us that don't have a massive bank account, and can jump on a plane to NZ, or even visit a dome for that matter, we're also worried that summer could bring a halt to our beloved sport altogether. [caption id="attachment_9276" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Rossendale, one of our favourite places to ride - AW[/caption] Fear not! For there is good times to be had during the hotter months on the plastic. Call me out if I'm wrong, but its plain to see that dry slope nowadays doesn't get the due care and attention it once had during British snowboarding's heyday. The rise of fridges and budget airlines have made the snow much more accessible for us all, and consequently resulted in the diminishing scenes at some of the UK's most iconic hills. Therefore this summer, whether your a newbie or regular, why not get out there and hit up your local dry slope? We promise you'll have a rad time doing so, and heres why: You'll become a better rider for it - The old myth is true, riding plastic really is a lot harder than riding snow. Once you suck it in and hit it, your board control and technique will pay dividends in the end. The likes of Jamie Nicholls, Danny Wheeler and Andy Nudds all hailed from dry slope. You will be supporting an independent business - These places don't pay for themselves, in fact most of them are council run which results in poorly maintained facilities. However for those that are still private, your attendance and lift fees are imperative to ensuring the dry slope scene stays alive. Rad summer days - Whats better than shredding in the sun with your mates? Rather than stuck inside a huge fridge until your pass runs out? Most dry slopes will let you shred all day once you've paid so get a massive crew, fire up the BBQ and go ride! Our scene was built on dryslope - Dry slope epitomises British Snowboarding at its best. Rossendale, Hillend, Halifax, just a few of the iconic places which ooze heritage when it comes to nurturing some of our best talent. Maybe you could be the next? [caption id="attachment_9278" align="alignleft" width="960"] Hillend in Edinburgh is the biggest dry slope in the country, with its own two man chair! - JB[/caption] Check out our top 3 dry slopes to ride, or just search 'local dry slope' in google for your nearest. http://www.skirossendale.co.uk http://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/200131/snowsports_centre http://www.ridehalifax.co.uk/ski_snowboarding_centre_halifax_west_yorkshire/