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So. I just got back from spending three weeks in Holland. One of my children had a high level training camp and competiton in another sport over there at a small beach town near the Hague. My wife was busy with the other kids and I could get off work so I was nominated to go. I was a little frustrated because last year I had such a great time down at Timberline this time of year.

Anyway my son is 16 and does not need much in the way of supervision so I was going to have a lot of time on my hands. I rented a bike and was riding, taking some kite boarding lessons, and generally hanging out for a few days. As I was riding down a street I see a ski shop and decide to stop in. I jokingly ask how the ski business is in Holland this time of year. The guy says, "Good, you know there is an INDOOR SKI HILL JUST DOWN THE STREET"

Bottom line was I spent the next 14 days riding for a couple of hours each morning on an F2 that had been gathering dust in the back the ski shop which I bought for 70 Euros. I had my wife Fedex my boots and bindings over.

Indoor riding had its strenghs and weaknesses. The good news was that it was always perfectly groomed and there were never more than 2-3 other people around. The bad news was that the run was very short so I had to learn to ride the Pama lift without taking off my bindings.

It certalinly wasn't South America but I have had many worse days here in Seattle where I could not see or it was too crowded etc. I will attach some pictures when I get a chance.

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So. I just got back from spending three weeks in Holland. One of my children had a high level training camp and competiton in another sport over there at a small beach town near the Hague.

Scheveningen that is. :-)

Sounds like fun, I didn't make it to the indoor ski slope myself but I had a blast when I was there. My mother-in-law is Dutch and she still has family there. The Dutch seem to know how to live.

->Ben

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And, you get 100lbs of cheese if you can actually pronounce the name of that town.

Let's see if I get the cheese... It woud be something like:

Shefeneenhen, alternatively maybe Skefeneenhen

Ek verstan Nederlandse, mar ek kan nie praat nie... :D

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Scheveningen that is. :-)

Sounds like fun, I didn't make it to the indoor ski slope myself but I had a blast when I was there. My mother-in-law is Dutch and she still has family there. The Dutch seem to know how to live.

->Ben

Nice to hear that Radial likes the indoorskislope. The slope you have been to, isn't in Scheveningen but in The Hague (Den Haag or '-s-Gravenhage). Look at slope de uithof , it's a multifunctional sportscentre: karting, skating, snowboarding/skiing. Actually all the worldproskaters (like the Americans, superb skaters) let finish their skates over here.

But de Uithof is a small indoorslope. We have a few indoorsopes with artificial snow in the Netherlands. The biggest slope in the Netherlands is in Landgraaf. There has been held a few ISF snowboard worldcups, this year again: snowworld

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