|Annual Family (Incl. all children under 18)||
£70 or £64 by Direct Debit
|Annual 1 Parent + 1 Child (Incl. 1 child under 18)||
£63 or £57 by Direct Debit
|Annual Single (Ages 18 and over)||
£46 or £42 by Direct Debit
|Annual Junior (Under 18’s)||
£31 or £28 by Direct Debit
|Annual Adaptive (Solely for use at Adaptive sessions)||
£17 Plus hourly open practice rate
|Adult Beginner Ski (12 yrs and over)||£75 (6 hours)|
|Junior Beginner Ski (6-11 year olds)||£50 (4 hours)|
|Ski Tasters (8 yrs and over)||£15 (1 hour session)|
|Snowboard Beginner (10 yrs and over)||£85 (6 hours)|
|Snowboard Tasters (10 yrs and over)||£17 (1 hour session)|
|Tubing (6 yrs and over)||£11/13 (1 hour session weekday/weekend)|
|Members||£30. Extra member £19 each (up to 4 people)|
|Non-members||£55. Extra non-member £24 each (up to 4 people)|
|Adult Open Practice (12 yrs and over)||£8|
|Junior Open Practice (5-11 year olds)||£7|
|Coaching Sessions (Including Ladies Club, Masters, Supervised and Freestyle)||£10|
|Junior Club (For all those aged 5-17)||£9|
|Race Training Adult (18 years and over)||£9|
|Race Training Under 18 (For those aged 5-17)||£8|
Norfolk Snowsports Club is a Members Club; we are run by our members, for our members.
This means that although you do not need membership to book tasters, lessons or tubing, some of our sessions can only be accessed by taking out membership and this allows the Club to grow and gets everybody involved in the running of the Club.
Members can become trained volunteers to help out with boot fitting, tubing, adaptive skiing and bar work and all of our instructors are volunteers as well! Being a members club encourages our members to give back to their Club and all of our profits are put back into the slope and Clubhouse, meaning the facilities are constantly updating an improving.
Overall, we have a lot on offer for a range of ages, abilities and requirements. There really is something for everyone.
*A valid NSC Membership Card must be shown at point of purchase in order to obtain any discounts offered
*Some of these offers are online only and you may need a discount code so please speak to reception if this is the case
Norfolk Snowsports Club has achieved the Clubmark as an accredited SnowSports England Club, which stands for higher standards of safety, fairness, coaching and management. This means that the Club has achieved the operating standards in safeguarding and protecting children, quality coaching, equal opportunities and good management.
Norfolk Snowsports Club is committed to ensuring all Children participating in Snowsports have a safe and positive experience.
We do this by:
This club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:
Make yourself familiar with fire exits, break glass points and extinguishers
The fire assembly point is marked and can be found in the car park, against the back hedge, opposite reception. An alternative assembly point for slope evacuation is against the hedge bordering the playing field, opposite the side of the intermediate slope.
If you discover a fire:
|Richard Oliver||Club Chairman|
|David Baxter||Club Treasurer|
|Rebecca Matthews||Club Secretary and HR Advisor|
|Deborah Anstee||Club Operations|
|David Beckett||Club Vice Chair, Ski and Race|
|Mark King||SSE Liaison|
|Tim Graham-Jones||IT and Communications|
|Inclusion and Diversity|
|Simon Tomlinson||Junior Club|
|Richard Roberts||Adaptive and Marketing|
On 18th January 1968 the Eastern Evening Newspaper reported the return of “a very happy group of teenagers” “triumphantly displaying the ski awards they had each received during a Norfolk Youth Service holiday course in Norway”. The group, led by Ivan Palfrey and Nancy Clarke, told reporters that they were keen to start a Club and by March 1968 Norfolk Youth Ski Club was formed with affiliation to the Norwich and Norfolk Association of Youth Clubs and also to the Ski Club of Great Britain. Membership was 10 shillings a year and visits were arranged to practice on the Crystal Palace dry ski slope and a further snow trip was made to Auffach in Austria.
In July 1969 Ivan Palfrey arranged a stand at the Royal Norfolk Show to promote interest in skiing and early in June 1971 Ivan instigated the building of a small ramp with a section of plastic ski matting which was used to demonstrate ski techniques at the Suffolk show. This was so successful that the project was repeated in 1972 at the Norfolk and Suffolk shows.
At the same time Wensum Lodge sports hall was used for pre ski training exercises and discussions were underway to set up a small ski ramp inside the barn at Wensum Lodge.
In July 1972 the constitution of the Club changed to include anybody interested in skiing and the Club became the Norfolk Ski Club.
In 1973, with a £2000 loan from Barclays bank, a new slope was constructed outside Wensum lodge using scaffold poles and wooden boxes and the skiing surface was the original interlocking “plastic” matting. Equipment consisted of wooden skis with screwed on steel edges and cable binding and leather lace up boots. The Club had 21 members, conducted 160 lessons and had a turnover of £784.
The following year saw the then committee debating at great length how the £300 surplus should be spent!! Things were progressing quickly at this time and quite fortuitously one of our instructors, Jenny Mayhew, whilst conducting a lesson with David Potter, was informed that there was “a piece of land with a natural slope” in Whitlingham Lane which may be of interest for the future expansion of the club. David Potter was then the president of Whitlingham/Hewitt Rugby Club. A keen skier, he helped with the negotiations with Crown Point Estate (the landlord) to use the land for our first slope on the present site. By 1976, we had a main slope which extended from just above the trees adjacent to the current mogul slope to the bottom of the existing main slope. Again the surface was “real plastic” mat, purchased by Ivan and Roger Mayhew from Newcastle. At that time, annual membership was £2 and the cost of a course of five lessons was £1.00 (yes “one pound”).
Skiers at this time had to walk up the slope as we didn’t have any type of lift, but life was made much easier in 1978 when club members built the first lift. (Yes, totally designed and totally constructed by members!).
Things improved in 1981 when the first batch of Dendix was purchased. Luckily, this coincided with an upsurge in the number of skiers and interest in skiing nationally, so with extra income from the greater demand for ski lessons, the club was able to build on its previous success. At this time too, the Norfolk race team was started. The small group of racers was originally trained by Brian Fearn (who learned to ski at the club and went on to become a B.A.S.I. trainer) and thenunder the guiding eye of John Williams. The team and individuals have gone from success to success over the years, always featuring highly in the Eastern Region Ski Association (top overall ERSA team for the last three years) with several Norfolk racers going on to compete at national and international level.
When, in 1986, Whitlingham/Hewitt Rugby Club vacated the site, the Club took on the lease for the whole area and soon plans were in place for our first major development – a new club-house and skiing area, which was financed with borrowed money – a number of club members actually stood as guarantors for the £100K taken on and even then we could not afford a bar!! A ski club without a bar was unthinkable, so again fifty members dipped into their own pockets and each loaned £100 for five years to build it.
In 1991 using our first lottery grant of just under £300K, we were able to upgrade the facility to such an extent that the club was chosen to stage the All England Championship in 1993 – an event which we hosted again in September of 2001 and 2005 and more recently in 2010 and 2014. It was during this period that the Norwich Southern By-pass was under construction – this was significant as we were able to extend the length of the main slope using some surplus soil from the construction work.
The club has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years in addition to the normal teaching programme and the “taster” sessions which have always generated a significant income for the club, there has been a move towards providing members with more slope time which encourages individuals to improve their technical skills- (not to mention the “fun” aspect of skiing). Ladies Club, Men’s Club and Junior Club now feature highly in the activities enjoyed by members. Additionally there has been a strong growth in the numbers of snowboarders at the club and specific sessions are available for the boarding community.
Another facet of the Club’s activities of which we should all be proud is the Adaptive Skiing programme. This provides an opportunity for people who have a physical or neurological disability to take part in our sport and was started by Dick Eves. With some extra funding from the local authority, we have been able to purchase some specialist equipment from the USA and we now have a group of members who work regularly in this area. It is hoped that with time, the club will become a centre of excellence in this field.
The Club has continued to grow and 2005 saw another development of the Club’s facilities opened to members. Sport England, through the National Lottery, provided almost £700,000 of funding with Local Authorities: South Norfolk Council, Norwich City Council, Broadland Council and Norfolk County Council – providing grants toward the overall cost. Norfolk Ski Club invested around £700,000 through its development fund. The new developments on the site, which Briton Engineering Developments was commissioned to design and build, included a second ski slope, a fun park with jumps and a quarter pipe, a totally recovered nursery slope, all with the Snowflex surface system. The new ski and boarding facilities are serviced by 5 new travelator lifts, which were supplied by Bruckschlogl to ensure that skiers and boarders get to all areas on site.
The clubhouse was also doubled in size as part of the development, increasing the changing/storage areas to cope with the increased demand for the club’s facilities and including the Ivan Palfrey Suite, named after the Club’s founder. As Club Chairman and Director at the time, Barry Spouge said at the official opening “We are pleased and very proud to have created a national sporting development, which will continue to provide its members and the general public with a superb ski & snowboard centre that will be the envy of many other clubs throughout the UK”.
If you are visiting us from afar, we are pleased to advise you of local campsites and hotels.
Please be aware that Norfolk Snowsports Club does not make any representation as to the accuracy or suitability of any of the information relating to the following accommodation and does not accept any liability for the conduct or content of the companies.
Whitlingham Broad Campsite – 2 minute drive away
Norwich Camping and Caravanning Site – 5 minute drive away
Holiday Inn Norwich City – 5 minute drive away
0871 423 4876
Caistor Hall Hotel – 6 minute drive away
Caistor St Edmund,
Holiday Inn Norwich – 9 minute drive away
0871 942 9060
De Vere Dunton Hall Hotel – 10 minute drive away
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