For the first time ever, Queenslanders can ‘hit the slopes’ in their own backyard thanks to the opening of Australia’s largest indoor snow sports and adventure centre this weekend.
Urban Xtreme, which will open to the public this Saturday will give Queenslander’s the opportunity to master the skill of snow sports, without the snow.
CEO Lindsay Davis said the Urban Xtreme team was looking forward to bringing the speeds and sensations of mountain skiing to suburban Brisbane.
“Queensland is blessed with a hot climate, but this means we have previously missed out on the chance to hit the powder,” Ms Davis said.
“Urban Xtreme is the perfect place for busy city dwellers to practice skiing or snowboarding, without the need for expensive and heavy snow gear. Our state-of-the-art dry ski slopes are customised to help users learn to ski eight-times faster than on real snow, with no lifts, queues, or freezing weather.
“Our machines allow 30-minutes of continuous, average-speed skiing or snowboarding on revolving slopes – which is equivalent to skiing more than 20,000 vertical feet!”
Ms Davis said Urban Xtreme offered families a cost-effective alternative to long-distance travel.
“Many young kids dream about going skiing but, unfortunately, the costs involved in reaching Australia’s southern ski fields – or heading overseas – mean several families cannot make this dream a reality,” she said.
“We have the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy learning to ski, in a safe and comfortable indoor environment.
“Skiing is the perfect school holiday activity – it creates memories, builds fitness and gets the kids away from the TV and off their iPads.
“Plus, if your family is planning an overseas ski trip, you can visit Urban Xtreme to build ski fitness and practise safety techniques – that way you can hit the slopes as soon as you arrive.”
Ms Davis said Urban Xtreme’s 8 Sessions to Ski Fit program was the perfect way for amateur skiers and fitness enthusiasts to improve their skiing technique under the eyes of a professional instructor.
WHERE & WHEN: 4/370 Nudgee Road, Hendra/ Saturday, 18 November
HOW MUCH: Individual, 1-hour lessons with a qualified instructor will cost $45 for children aged 4-16 years and $55 for adults, or a private session for up to four people will set you back as little as $195.