Hemel Hempstead

DSUK HEMEL HEMPSTEAD                      (postcode: HP3 9NH/ off junction 8 M1)
The Snow Centre opened in 2009 so is the newest of the snow centres.  It is on the site of a former ‘dry’ slope and occupies the same footprint.  The centre is spread over 3 floors, a lift links them all. Disabled toilets are at each level and car parking is free at the The Snow Centre.
  1. There is Snow & Rock shop on the ground floor and a Crystal Ski Holiday desk
  2. The main check-in desk, rental and changing area and access to the slopes, are on the second floor
  3. The cafe/ restaurant in ‘alpine style’, plus conference rooms and offices are on the third floor.

With DSUK, come up to level 1 and either ask at the check-in desk for the DSUK instructor or come around the side to the first bench,  marked ‘Sledging Meeting Point’ and await your instructor.  Come in good time, preferably 20 mins prior to the lesson. In case of problems ask at the desk or call DSUK Ski School Manager 07810 263768 (or DSUK office 0845 521 9338).  If early pop up and have some food or drink in the very good cafe ‘The Lodge’.
If the client requires a ski jacket and ski trousers these can be obtained from the clothing desk within the rental area (say it’s for DSUK).  Helmets are compulsory and can be found on the stands in rental area.  For skis / snowboard/ boots go up to the end rental desk and ask for the appropriate kit.  Say you’re with DSUK and like everyone else they will ask as to whether you're skiing/ boarding first.  If a helper/ carer/ buddy is coming out with the instructor they too should get whatever kit is needed (even if just snowboard boots to stand in the snow).  There is now a £3 fee for clothing payable on the day.
There are changing rooms behind the lockers (on the right).  There is a large changing room at the far end (nearest rental desk) that will accommodate a wheelchair.   Lockers for bags cost £1 but you do get that back at the end.

James Sterry
is the Ski School Manager for DSUK at Hemel Snowcentre teaching both skiing and snowboarding.  James teaches most weeks Mon – Wed and Some Fridays and Saturdays and is assisted on other days by a number of other part time adaptive instructors.
If you would like to get in touch to discuss skiing with DSUK at Hemel Hempstead, please contact James via email: dsukhemel@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk , or phone: 07810263768. 
To book and pay for lessons please call 08455219338 or email lessons@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk



DSUK Member's "first lesson back in March, to her most recent lesson where she made it upright onto full ski's!"

"Without Russell's skill, enthusiasm, and total dedication, none of that would have been possible - what an absolute star he is."