Quality Snowflex: Bearsden vs. Halifax

I’m pretty amped up at the moment to go snowboarding but in the UK, we’re very limited with places to practice. ¬†For me, when it comes to snowboarding in the UK, if I want to practice my airs, I prefer a snowflex slope. Actually, what I mean is that I prefer Halifax over Castleford and Chill Factore. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like riding on the indoor slopes – I do. Castleford can have some excellent rail setups. And on certain nights/events, both places can make excellent kickers.

But for consistency, when it comes to the kicker, Halifax produces every time. The kicker is always there…

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Halifax ski centre

But unfortunately, shredding at Halifax can be annoying. I’ve been there when the main lift isn’t working; the smaller tow drops you off at the wrong side of the slope. I’ve also been on really dry days and the sprinklers simply aren’t good enough. It could be a lot better. And these things count when you’re driving a good distance to be there.

So I’ve been thinking about trying the slope at Bearsden, in Scotland.

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Bearsden

What’s the difference with regards to distance?

  • Halifax: 116 miles, 2 hours 7 minutes
  • Bearsden: 161 miles, 3 hours 7 minutes

So google maps puts the Bearsden slope 50% further away. To be fair, driving 2 hours to ride some plastic at Halifax sometimes seems a bit crazy. 3 hours up to Scotland for some dry slope? I’m not sure.

But if the slope is better, the sprinklers work and I think they’re adding a rail park, maybe it’s worth it?

I’d be interested to know if anyone has ridden both slopes, or at least, has ridden the slope at Bearsden and can drop a comment regarding the quality of the snowflex…

It’s worth thinking about. Back in 2007 I made my first four visits to a snowflex kicker and in that short amount of time my freestyle progressed nicely. I’d like to kick it into another gear again.

1 Comment

  • Reply May 3, 2010

    Chuck

    Snowflex is dope! Definetly go check out Snowflex. It is 95% like riding real snow!

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