Ice skating tips

Ice Skating

The SnowDome is the home to the UK’s only ice track and has tens of thousands of people enjoy our rink every year. We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy ice skating as possible. With that being said, we thought we’d put together some top tips to have you racing around the track in no time.

  1. Don’t look down

Keep your eyes ahead at all times, if you begin to look down the rest of your body will shortly follow.

  1. Touch your knees if you feel you’re going to fall

If you do feel like you’re taking the slow descent to the deck, bend down and touch your knees. Doing this will shift your balance back into alignment and should bring you back on track.

  1. Do not lean backwards

This one should speak for yourself, but try to keep your weight leaning forward and the direction you want to go.

  1. Make sure ice skates are fastened tightly around ankles

Make sure your ice skates are fastened all the way up, this will help prevent the rolling of ankles. If you are unsure whether your skates are fastened properly, speak to one of the team.

  1. Wear thick socks

Ice skates are made out of plastic to provide greater support to your ankles on the ice. Combine this with the cold environment out there and it becomes clear that thick socks are a must.

  1. Keep toes pointed out

Keep your toes pointed out when skating, this will help you to propel yourself forward and maintain grip on the ice.

  1. Take small steps to begin with

Start off with small steps to begin with, working yourself up to longer glides as you gain momentum.

  1. Wear gloves

Again, it’s cold out there, and if you do fall and you’re not wearing gloves, your fingers will get chilly fast.

  1. Bend your knees

Keeping your knees bent will give you greater balance and allow you to move in any direction through slight movements in the knees, instead of jerking movements with the hips.

  1. Hire a skating aid

We have a range of skating aids suitable for all ages. It is strongly recommended that you pre-book your skating aid before your visit as there is a limited amount available.

If you’re interested in learning to skate then the SnowDome is absolutely the place to do it.

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Re-opening Thursday 6th August

We are thrilled to announce the SnowDome will re-open on Thursday 6th August.

Following the announcement on Friday 31st July, Snow Sports England have liaised with the government's department of digital, culture, media & sport (DCMS). The SnowDome has now been advised that indoor snow sport facilities are not affected by the recent announcement and therefore can re-open in accordance with the government’s guidance for indoor sports facilities.

Ice skating rinks are however affected by the latest announcement and therefore the ice rink, ice track and snow fun park will remain closed until further notice.

On this basis we are extremely pleased to announce that we will open the SnowDome on Thursday 6th August for all skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, climbing and swimming. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back very soon!

SnowDome Fitness will remain open to members and is unaffected by this update.

Temporary Closure Relaxed Booking Terms & Conditions

For new bookings - we want to reassure all our guests making future bookings, if the SnowDome is not re-open in time for your future visit, we will refund the entirety of your booking or provide a transfer to a later date of your choice.

Please refer to our website and social media channels for updates on re-opening.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the SnowDome as soon as it’s appropriate to do so.

Please do contact Guest Services should you have any further questions at guestservices@snowdome.co.uk