Inspired by the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 and want to get in on the action? Here’s a list of the Winter Olympic Sports you can get involved in, whether you’re freakin’ out over freestyle or loving the luge, get yourself to one of the below to feed your winter olympic desire. Feel like an athlete as you glide over the ice or slide down a slope.
If you fancy whizzing down a thin, narrow tube at speeds up to 90 miles per hour, Bobsleigh is the one for you. Bath is just 1 hour 20 from Paddington and is home to the British Bobsleigh Training Track. At the track you can get involved in bobsleigh or skeleton. Taster sessions are two and a half hours long and are coached by world-class current GB athletes.
Prices are £75 per person, with a maximum of 20 spaces for each session. A discounted rate of £135 is available for people fishing to try both sports on the same day.
Tubing and Tobogganing Chatham Leisure CentreOK so it doesn’t sound as impressive as Bobsleigh or Skeleton, but if you want to experience some of the same kind of thrill head on over to Chatham Leisure Centre, Kent, where you’ll find the UK’s longest track. One go is just £2.80, or five rides for £10. If there’s more than 15 of you, you can get a group discount, so contact them before hand to discuss prices.
Try out Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, boasting London’s biggest Ice Rink. Whether you’re†beginner or pro, the ‘Learn to Skate’ programme can teach and develop skills to become an even better †skater. These guys also use the nationally recognised National Ice Skating Association (NISA) programme.†This programme allows you to then progress into more advanced classes and groups, including figure skating, if you fancy it.
Always dreamed of clicking into a pair of ski’s or strapping into a board? You can learn on the fake snow of The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead pretty much any day of the week. A two hour beginner lesson costs around £48, but prices fluctuate depending on the day and time you opt for. What’s more the dome is just 30 mins train ride from London Euston and some lessons include a free drink at the end. Winning.
Freestyle/ Slopestyle/ Pipe
Want to know how to nose press a box? £83 gets you 60 mins of 1-2-1 freestyle tuition, or pay £100 for two hours. For full price listings, click here.
The Freestyle Coaching sessions will push you from flat landing tricks on your skis or snowboard to getting your first 360 nailed. Coaches will help smarten up your technique and encourage you to hit the features in the park.
If you’re ready to go it alone without the lessons, you can progress and develop your tricks at the freestyle park. †During the winter months you can drop in switch on Tuesday’s for the Early Bird session, or head to the park on Thursday/ Friday where half of the Main Slope is filled with kickers, rails and boxes. If you’re heading to the fridge in the summer, newbies can go along on the first weekend of each month, as well as a Thursday, plus there’s also Friday Freestyle events on the last weekend of each month.
Curling became a huge thing last Winter Olympics and it’s return at PyeongChang†has already seen the nation fall in love again. If you’re ready to embrace the curling culture get down and dirty with the stones at Roof East or Queens.
Roof East, Stratford £10 per person
Queens, Bayswater £11.25 per person
Happy Winter Olympianing (yep, that word is made up)