Name: Ski365

Address:  3rd Floor of Zpell at Future Park shopping mall, 94 Paholyothin Road, Prachathipat, Rangsit, Bangkok. (20 minutes drive past Don Muang airport)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ski365.zpell/

http://www.ski365.net/

BTS: It’s not near a BTS or MRT

Phone Number: 02-150-9045, 02-150-9046

Price: Aprox 1100 baht for one hour (includes ski and boot rental and tuition). However, prices are dependent on number in group and promotions. See website above for further details.

Opening Times: 10am – 9.30pm  Mon-Thur, 10am – 10pm Fri-Sun.

What to being and wear: We would recommend leggings/longer trousers and tops with sleeves in case of fall. However, it is not cold in there so don’t over wrap. You will need to bring thick ski socks to wear with the boots, although these can also be purchased at ski365 if necessary.

Ski 365 is the perfect opportunity to try skiing and master the basics before splashing out on the real thing. Although located a little out of central Bangkok, it is definitely worth the journey. The ski training playground provides three revolving slopes with a 6×11 meter running synthetic carpet surface. The overall effect is that of skiing on a large, and very wet tread mill. There is also one smaller ‘baby’ slope that does not revolve for younger children.

On arrival you are asked to sign a waiver then taken to be kitted out with the necessary equipment. Included in the price are decent skis, boots and a helmet, but it is advised you bring your own long socks. Ski boots and jackets are not necessary as it is relatively warm in the center, however, prepare to come away with wet patches from the carpet surface should you fall!

Once you are ready an instructor or member of staff accompanies you to the slopes. Sessions are restricted to four people per slope or can be hired for private sessions. The instructors are very helpful in explaining how to ski and are able to control the gradient of the slope as well as the speed at which is rotates. There is also an emergency button to stop the revolving slope should you encounter any problems or falls.

A bar is located at the base of each slope, allowing you to practice your turns with support before attempting to ski independently. Although some of us had skied before, we found the technique and sensation on the revolving carpet very different to that of snow and a lot of practice was needed. The wet carpet is also a lot less forgiving to falls than soft snow, so we definitely recommend taking the time to practice with the bar first, whatever your level of experience.

A useful feature is a mirror at the base of one of the slopes allowing you to watch yourself ski then adapt and perfect your technique.

A less preferred feature, is the large glass window at the base of the other slopes allowing passers by to take a peek, point, laugh and video your attempts.

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Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and plan to return. However, we did feel it was more suited to beginners. In addition to skiing, there is also the opportunity to try out snowboarding or alternatively there is also a climbing wall, gymnastics air floor and spin bikes for you to try out.