What's cool? Indoor skiing without snow

Forget layering. At this indoor skiing slope, you don’t need your beanies, masks, or even thick jackets.
Above: Journalist Bridget Tan attempting the adjustable ski slope in Urban Ski, which is covered with a white nylon carpet sprayed with water to make the ride smoother. Left: Like a treadmill, the synthetic turf glides to simulate a downhill motion.
Journalist Bridget Tan attempting the adjustable ski slope in Urban Ski, which is covered with a white nylon carpet sprayed with water to make the ride smoother.PHOTOS: ST VIDEO
Above: Journalist Bridget Tan attempting the adjustable ski slope in Urban Ski, which is covered with a white nylon carpet sprayed with water to make the ride smoother. Left: Like a treadmill, the synthetic turf glides to simulate a downhill motion.
Like a treadmill, the synthetic turf glides to simulate a downhill motion.PHOTOS: ST VIDEO

Forget your woollen beanie, thermal gloves, or even puffy jacket. At this indoor ski slope, you will find the environment comfortably cool - with no snow in sight.

Journalist Bridget Tan attempted the slope in Urban Ski at Millenia Walk in the fifth episode of Bridget's Adventures, and was glad that she was in no danger of falling headfirst into knee-deep snow.

She got the hang of skiing after a few falls, but found that maintaining her balance during snowboarding was more of a challenge.

The adjustable ski slope is covered with a white nylon carpet that is sprayed with water to make the ride smoother.

Like a treadmill, the synthetic turf glides to simulate a downhill motion. In fact, it is better to learn skiing indoors as feedback can be given immediately, according to ski instructor Andrew Boey from Urban Ski.

The indoor snow sports centre opened its doors in July 2015, offering indoor skiing and snowboarding classes. A 30-minute group session starts from $90.

Children as young as four years old can opt for private ski lessons. However, public ski sessions are for adults only, with a minimum age requirement of 18 years.

Join Bridget in this 10-part video series featuring her trying out unusual and challenging activities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 06, 2017, with the headline 'What's cool? Indoor skiing without snow'. Print Edition | Subscribe