Ski course leaves Dame Kelly set for the slopes

Dame Kelly Holmes visited the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.
Dame Kelly Holmes visited the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.
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DAME Kelly Holmes swapped the track for the slope as she enjoyed a skiing course at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Since retiring as a professional athlete, the first British Olympian to win track and field double gold has relished the freedom to have a go at a range of sports that might previously have interfered with her running career.

With plans to go skiing early next year she was keen to ensure a level of snow confidence before hitting the slopes, and booked lessons at The Snow Centre to help her feel more relaxed on skis.

Unsurprisingly, Dame Kelly – who had never even used a ski lift previously – proved to be a natural and progressed rapidly from the centre’s nursery slopes to taking the button lift to the top of the main 160m slope.

Head of snowsports Pete Gillespie said: “Kelly’s obvious natural athletic skills combined with her ability to listen and act on instruction made her a delight to teach.”

And she was equally as impressed with her lesson, saying: “Pete’s a great instructor.

“Some people are good at what they do but simply can’t explain the technique to others.

“As a beginner, learning the basics in a controlled and safe environment would be of real benefit before hitting the slopes for real.

“I have had a fantastic time learning a new sport and having never been to an indoor snow centre before I found it a great experience and it’s definitely well worth doing.” 

The Snow Centre is currently offering ski and snowboard days for adult beginners, with six hours of tuition for £169 or a course of four 90-minute lessons for the same price.

For details and bookings call 0845 258 9000.