@Mysty - cheers for taking pity on my thread. It was pretty much the same story on the old site where it was named something like 'Fans of the White Stuff'. In fairness I got a few replies, but only from members who rather liked charlie! Tells you everything you need to know about OA really! Then again I appreciate that skiing has a bit of an elitist reputation and concede that I'm proper posh- I once ate a doner kebab with a knife and fork- need I say more?
@Craigie - I am pretty biased, but I say do it without question. Or at least try a couple of lessons. Dry slopes are fine for what they are but they're only really a first step. That's not to say you can't have fun on them (I spent many a school summer holiday on my local dry slope)....but it hurts when you fall, even at relatively low speed so most people get the very basics down and then move on to snow. (There's always the fridge (snow dome) option as intermediary step before committing to a holiday in the mountians, but they're quite short as well, and get expensive.) However, if you do get on with boarding on the dry slope (though IMO skiing is much better- yeah, I only fucking said it!), you'll have a hobby for life, because it's so much better on snow- faster, grippier and it flies up in the air when you turn and looks really cool. For me there's no other sensation like it. Just being in such spectacular scenery and being able to go as fast as you want with the merest of leans. I'd take a winter holiday over a summer one every time. But as I say, the snow bug has me, so I'm properly biased.
Fuck yeah, my thread is flying!