Bridget's Adventures: Skiing in the city on a moving no-snow slope

SINGAPORE - I have never seen snow, and the prospect of falling headfirst into snow chills me.

So when I walked into Urban Ski at Millenia Walk, I was pleasantly surprised to realise that it was a comfortably cool environment, and no snow was in sight.

Instead, the adjustable ski slope is covered with a layer of nylon carpet that is sprayed with water to mimic the smoothness of snow.

The slope at Urban Ski, which opened in July 2015, is essentially a giant treadmill that simulate a downhill motion. I am told it's easier and better to learn skiing indoors, as feedback can be given immediately.

For a start, I was given tips on how to stand and hold onto the bar in front of me, but I definitely wasn't prepared for the sudden jerk when the slope began to move. Thank goodness I held on to the bar, tight.

In time, I recovered my composure, stayed on my feet and got the hang of skiing on the slope.

The tough part came at the snowboarding segment. Having both legs bound to a board made it extremely difficult to manoeuvre.

At the end of the 30-minute session, I felt like I had just done a full body workout, along with all the aches and pains.

This article was first published on Jan 5, 2017.
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