The latest trend in team building programmes and corporate events near London is indoor skiing and snowboarding on real snow.
A unique team building experience at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, only 20 minutes outside London, is The Mountain Challenge. Visitors are split into teams and, with help from their local mountain guide, they have to devise the quickest route to reach the summit of The Snow Centre’s slopes and raise a flag. Before they can start the climb, the teams have to undertake a series of challenges to raise the necessary funds to compete in the expedition.
Instructors Steve Cross and Greg Price developed The Mountain Challenge to help teams improve their team working skills, negotiation, budgeting, project management, creativity and lateral thinking.
The Snow Centre also is a popular off site local destination for breakfast and lunch meetings, offering a unique view, wireless Internet and Costa Coffee. There are two fully serviced conference rooms for 45 or 55 people available.
The site offers free car parking and full disabled access. Both conference rooms have air conditioning, wireless Internet access, overhead projectors and a TV and DVD player with all the necessary computer leads. The delegate rates include room hire and a hot or old buffet lunch. Refreshments such as tea and coffee will be brought to your room.
Businesses can also take out a range of snow side activities such as Ski and Snowboard Lessons, Recreational Lift Passes for all abilities or the World Cup Slalom. This last activity is an excellent method of promoting a competitive atmosphere as well as stimulating the team spirit. The World Cup Slalom includes race training from a highly qualified instructor.
The group will be split in two teams after the training, and these teams will be pitted against each other to race through the gates and see who wins. After the entertainment on the snow, visitors can head back to their conference room or to The EDGE for food and drinks.
The Snow Centre offers corporate memberships. The discount depends on how many people sign up at the time of purchase.