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6 Cool winter olympic-vibe sports to try

The Winter Olympics are GO! If you're marveling at those quadruple salcos (erm how?!) or giant ski jumps, we've rounded up the best places to head for, from wobbling your own way around a slope or rink to husky dog sled trekking (no really!). Find them here.

Want a piece of the Winter Olympic action? Try one of these …

Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre, Gloucester

The biggest and best ski place in the region, get your Winter Olympic vibe on at this great dry snow and ski centre. Try your feet at skiing, snowboarding or Snoxross, with levels and lessons for all abilities. Or try tubing – 30 thrilling minutes of downhill rides in a big round bouncy ring from £8.50 a child and £11 an adult. There are longer sessions too. They offer parties for adults and juniors, from tubing to skiing or snowboarding starting from £13.50 per child. Then hit the Ski Lodge Cafe afterwards for a warming hot chocolate. Venture a bit further to Tamworth for the Snow Dome where you can do skiing, ice-skating, snow play and loads more.

Husky Sled Dog Trekking, Arctic Quest, Tewkesbury

Yes, you heard us right! Arctic Quest is the only company in the UK offering the chance to learn to run with dogs this way across the err, Glos tundra! Who’d have thought you could do this in the Cotswolds? You don’t have to travel to Alaska to experience the thrills of husky sled dog trekking, find it just outside Tewkesbury on the banks of the river Avon. And if you want to extend your adventure, you can stay the night in a traditional Sami Tipi or Herder’s Hut, complete with campfire, hides, furs and beds. There are dogs to suit all levels of riders. Or, enjoy a taste of mushing and learn all about the sport before settling down in front of a cosy campfire with toasted marshmallows and a hot chocolate. This is a group ride for eight people plus, perfect for trying with some mates or the family. And for the adrenalin junkies out there, the taster mush can also run in the dark!

Ice Quest, Malvern

Anyone else see that quadruple salco at the Olympics this week? Perfect yours (or just stumble round a bit) at the Malvern Ice Quest. Most of the skaters here are children and novice skaters so less chance of being mown down and just having a good time. The ice here is kept soft and snowy, to make a slower speed for skating for all the family and you can hire Roxa Skates. Keen and more experienced? Hire the rink privately for £200 for 1 hour for up to 20 skaters. All sessions are £10 including skate hire.

Planet Ice, Bristol

Planet Ice has a fantastic track record for teaching people to skate, even adopting the ‘Skate Excellence’ program which places a bigger emphasis on fun whilst learning. So once you’ve learnt why not go along for an Ice Hockey taster lesson or sign up for the ice hockey team and learn to play this exhilarating sport.

Performing Arts Classes for skaters, Planet Ice, Bristol

Try the Show and Skate programme if you fancy a go at performance skating. The Show & Skate session focuses on performing arts on ice, skating moves and skills used in shows. There are also 3 and 5 day Half Term camps for kids to learn skating this February. Show & Skate sessions to available to skaters from Skate Excellence Learn to Skate Level 3 and above.

The Cotswold Olympick Games, Chipping Campden

No really! …. did you know the Cotswolds has its own Olympic Games? Err, yeah. These historic games were first held almost three centuries before the modern Olympic Games, which began in 1896, and 2022 will celebrate the 410th anniversary. They are still held in the arena that bears the founder’s name – Dover’s Hill near Chipping Campden (hot on the heels of the International Music Festival and the Literary Festival). It’s incredibly fun and highly recommended with sports, entertainment and medals a plenty. Take a trip when it starts on 03 June this year.

​And coming soon … just around the corner in Swindon, you may not be able to go quite yet but come the next winter Olympics the long-awaited, shiny new Snow Centre just might (we said might!) be built! Looks pretty cool. Check it out here.

The new Snow Dome (when it finally comes!)

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