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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 6. 1967.

Dry-ski slope at Victoria

Dry-ski slope at Victoria

The gymnasium amenities' have been broadened with the acquisition of a dry-ski slope. Hired for six weeks from the Tourist Hotel Corporation, this is available to ski club members for their individual use.

The physical welfare officer. Mr. Alan Laidler, will also use it extensively for his learn-to-ski classes.

Forty feet long, 12 feet wide and rising to a height of approximately 10 feet, the slope provides a surface of even consistency and can be compared with that of "slushy" snow.

Originally an experimental design, built for the corporation as an off season "gimmick." the slope's surface is composed of intersecting diagonal rows of short nylon bristles.

Although it has been at the university for a little over a week, Mr. Laidler has described it as "surprisingly successful."

It provides new skiers with a chance to learn the "up and down" skills, stopping and the rudiments of most of the turns. For experienced skiers it provides a valuable opportunity for preseason practice.