TURN IT UP A NOTCH
Words by Jenna Shinn and Heather Reneau
WinterClub Indoor Ski & Snowboard
Hit the slopes at the new WinterClub Indoor Ski & Snowboard in Winter Park, complete with chill ski instructors and après ski treats!
Skiers ages 3.5 and up and snowboarders ages 10 and up can take group, semi-private or private lessons on a European-designed simulated ski slope. The slope feels like wet turf with a special lubricant to create a life-like ski slope simulation. Instructors say there is little difference between skiing this and the real slopes.
Kids enjoy WinterClub Indoor Ski & Snowboard as a fun activity, and parents love that the kids are getting entertaining exercise. The incline and speed of the slope are controlled with a handheld remote. Newbies start out on the green slope incline, which can be adjusted to accommodate even the professional ski levels.
Two large slopes hold up to six skiers at once, which is perfect for a family activity or birthday party. Most lessons are 60 minutes long, allowing for a 10-minute break after every 10 minutes of downhill skiing or snowboarding. A first-time session for three participants costs $39 for one hour. If you plan to perfect your skills, you can opt for a package price.
Enjoy aprés ski Italian gelato or coffee in the cafe. We recommend the WinterClub Latte, and all of the gelato is delish! Kick back in the large lodge (just like you do while skiing the Rockies) or enjoy your treat in the outdoor courtyard complete with a playground for the kids.
In addition to scheduled private instruction, children can participate in after-school classes, birthday parties, school field trips and summer camps and earn the Scouting Snow Sports merit badge. See you on the slopes!
2950 Aloma Ave., Winter Park
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