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.


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.