UK MINI SHREDDING

14/07/15

UK MINI SHREDDING

TSA partners Mint Snowboarding School are super passionate about getting young kids snowboarding, and they take that responsibility very seriously. We caught up with Mint founder Tammy Esten to get the low down on Mini-Shredding on our fair isle.

“Having inspired your mini-shredders to get on their snowboards and start sliding around the French Alps, we don’t want to abandon you with a handful of under 7s hell bent on ollieing their way across your front room. So to keep them sliding, and you smiling, we have come up with a Guide to Kids Snowboarding at the UK slopes."

"Considering its relatively mountain-free landscape, the UK has an absolutely awesome snowboard scene, based around its numerous indoor snow centres and outdoor dryslopes. However, not until quite recently have these facilities been opened up to the new era of mini-shredders. To get these little helmets on legs out on the slopes good facilities, specialised tuition and great equipment are essential. Here are some top notch options for your family."

Tamworth Snowdome, Staffordshire
Slope type: Indoor snow slope
Starting age: 4 years
The Tamworth SnowDome teaches children from 4 to 7 years in Kinder Lessons. With a dedicated team of instructors, all sessions and lessons last 45 minutes and take place early morning, every Saturday and Sunday and during the school holidays. More info: Tamworth Kinder Snowboard Lessons

Snow Factor, Braehead, Glasgow
Slope type: Indoor snow slope
Starting age: 5 years
Scotland’s only indoor real snow slope has a 168m long piste (there’s also an ice climbing wall!). They offer private 1:1 lessons for 5 – 6 year olds. Then group lessons for age 7+ years. More info: Snowboard lessons

Snowtrax Alpine centre, Dorset
Slope type: Outdoor artificial slope
Starting age: 4 years
This forward thinking slope has already been running their mini shred sessions for two years. Snowtrax initially launched with a Burton Riglet Park open session with over 90 kids having a go on the day! They now offer private & group lessons from 4 years up. More info: Snowtrax Mini-Shred lessons

Aberdeen Snowsports centre, Scotland
Slope type: Outdoor artificial slope
Starting age: 3 years
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre is one of best snowsports centres in the country for snowboarders of all ages & levels. They offer mini-shred lessons for 3-5 year olds. These are 30 minute lessons and on a 1:1 basis only. More info: Aberdeen Snowsports private lessons

The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead
Slope type: Indoor snow slope
Starting age: 3 years
The Snow Centre offers private snowboard Instruction for 3-7 year olds. These are 30 minute or 1 hour private lessons. Group lessons are offered for ages 7 & up. Helmets, boots and board hire is all included in the price of a lesson. More info: Snow Centre kids private instruction

A final word from Tammy."Other snow centres are slowly starting to equip themselves for teaching youngsters. Be aware that many slopes still have 8+ year age restriction on the slope, as well as limitations in terms of the rental equipment stocked and limited instructor teaching experience of this age group. Hopefully next year we will have more to add to the list and look forward to the new indoor snow centre in Stratford opening in the not so distant future!"

Posted by: Shannon Tagged as: Welcome To Snowboarding,Kids