The sun was shining over Hemel Hempstead during the bank holiday weekend, but there was still snow on the ground at the Snow Centre’s fourth birthday celebrations on Monday.
Crowds turned out to celebrate the fourth year in business for the indoor snowsports destination, and enjoyed many snow-themed activities including rides on the piste basher, party games plus a free slice of birthday cake with mascot Snow Cat.
Real snow was used to craft a freestyle park outside in the sun, where visitors were invited to watch skiers and snowboarders ride the boxes and rails, or even try it for themselves.
The centre started off as a skateboarding park in 1975, then became a dry ski slope before reopening after the fresh snow revamp on May 6, 2009. This year, the centre reached another milestone when it admitted its one millionth visitor.
Managing director Ian Brown said: “Over 230,000 ski and snowboard lessons have taken place on the slopes of Hemel Hempstead since it opened, introducing more than 100,000 to snowsports on real snow, and our fourth birthday successfully brought the community together to celebrate that.”