If you are going to Europe, you should learn about how to ski on a dry slope. Dry slopes are just like snow filled ski slopes without the snow. Dry slopes are primarily found in the United Kingdom. The material used to make dry slopes is Perma-snow or Snow-Flex, depending on where you go. These slick, white materials intend to mimic snow and are flexible in the same way as a snow covered mountain. Here are some things to consider when learning how to ski on a dry slope.
Find a quality dry slope. Some dry ski slopes are not as good as other in Europe. The best dry ski slopes are arguably located in Holland or Great Britain. Less quality dry ski slopes won't use high quality materials to manufacture their dry slope or they might lubricate it with dish washing liquid. Neveplast is the best surface for downhill skiing because it reduces the amount of friction.
- Wax your skis. In order to ski on a dry slope, you will need a lot of wax. When skiing in real snow it is not necessary to wax your skis every time you use them, but on a dry slope, it is mandatory. You will want to coat you skis in a heavy wax before using them and then again when you put them away. Waxing your skis before you use them on a dry slope will increase their life. If possible, you should buy a florowax, which is specifically made for dry slop skiing.
- Take a lesson. The mechanics of dry slope skiing are the same as regal skiing, but because of the friction, it will feel different. Skiers who have been on snow covered slopes and dry covered slopes say that dry slopes are more difficult to maneuver and the falls are harder. Helmet wearing is mandatory on many dry skiing slopes and if it isn't, you should wear one anyway.