Woodley ski centre opens on SaturdayBy Karen Jordan
November 29, 2012
The thrills and spills of downhill indoor skiing will be coming to Woodley this weekend.
A disused warehouse in Headley Park 10 has been be transformed to give snow sports fans the chance to get all the thrills of the sport – without the hassle of going back up the piste.
Due to open on Saturday, December 1, Skiplex operates like an over-sized treadmill to allow skiers or snowboarders to practice their skills for longer than possible on short all-season ski slopes.
James Lacey, from property consultant Vail Williams which secured Skiplex’s planning permission, said: “This was a very exciting project to be involved in and shows how an apparently out of favour building can still be transformed into a smart and innovative business, creating jobs and leisure opportunities.
“We had to pull out all the stops to secure permission so work could start as soon as possible and the business can open its doors before Christmas.”
Paul Webb, father of Wokingham’s 2014 Winter Olympic hopeful James, said: “This would be a very useful tool for beginners and intermediates and racing skiers who need a rolling surface.
“It will definitely have a place in ski training and I’m sure it will be welcomed in Woodley.”
For more call Skiplex on (0118) 997 7790 or go to www.skiplex.co.uk.