Winter Olympics 2022: How to try sports like curling, snowboarding and figure skating in London

From curling to snowboarding, we’ve scoped out some of the best spots to try out some winter sports in the capital.
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With the Winter Olympics 2022 in full swing, as well as cheering on your nation, you might get inspired to try your hand at any number of exciting alpine sports.

Although London may not be able to compete with the multi-million pound course in Beijing, or even the Highlands in Scotland, there are still plenty of spots in the capital to try your hand at some winter sports.

From curling to snowboarding, we’ve scoped out where you can get a taste of the Winter Olympics 2022 from right here in London.

Skieasy at Duke Meadows Sports Club in Chiswick has a continuously rotating ski slope, like a giant treadmill, where you can practice your skills on the spot — no membership required. Credit: SuppliedSkieasy at Duke Meadows Sports Club in Chiswick has a continuously rotating ski slope, like a giant treadmill, where you can practice your skills on the spot — no membership required. Credit: Supplied
Skieasy at Duke Meadows Sports Club in Chiswick has a continuously rotating ski slope, like a giant treadmill, where you can practice your skills on the spot — no membership required. Credit: Supplied

Skiing in London

Skieasy at Duke Meadows Sports Club Dan Mason Dr, Chiswick, W4 2SH

Skieasy at Duke Meadows Sports Club in Chiswick has a continuously rotating ski slope, like a giant treadmill, where you can practice your skills on the spot — no membership required.

It provides the equipment, lessons are available, and due to the small size of the slope, you’ll usually have it to yourself for the period of your booking.

Thirty minute sessions for up to two people cost £55, and if you become properly addicted you can treat yourself to a season pass for £560 which will allow you to ski up to four times a week between April and September.

The winter pop up close to Oxford Circus is open till February 20, and has an aprés-ski vibe going on to coincide with the Winter Olympics. Credit: SuppliedThe winter pop up close to Oxford Circus is open till February 20, and has an aprés-ski vibe going on to coincide with the Winter Olympics. Credit: Supplied
The winter pop up close to Oxford Circus is open till February 20, and has an aprés-ski vibe going on to coincide with the Winter Olympics. Credit: Supplied

Curling

Curling Club at the Langham 1c Portland Place, Regent St, W1B 1JA Till February 20 Tickets £9

Ever wanted to try the curious sport of curling?

The winter pop up close to Oxford Circus is open till February 20, and has an aprés-ski vibe going on to coincide with the Winter Olympics.

You can enjoy wintry cocktails, Alpine-inspired street food and entertainment on hand, alongside an opportunity to try your hand at some curling.

A perfect evening for a catch up with friends or even a team building evening with colleagues.

Ice Hockey

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY

With an international sized ice-rink, Alexandra Palace takes its ice hockey very seriously.

Evening sessions run throughout the week, as well as a junior team for young people looking to try it out.

If you’re a little nervous on the ice or worried about getting hit by a puck, then you can always go along to watch league teams play instead.

Queen’s unique adults programme has been designed by professional coaches who specialise in Dancing on Ice. Credit: SuppliedQueen’s unique adults programme has been designed by professional coaches who specialise in Dancing on Ice. Credit: Supplied
Queen’s unique adults programme has been designed by professional coaches who specialise in Dancing on Ice. Credit: Supplied

Figure Skating

Queens Ice Rink 17 Queensway, W2 4QP Classes £16.50 per session

Around Christmas, the city is packed with temporary pop up ice rinks from Somerset House to the Natural History Museum.

For year-round skaters there are a number of options, including Queens, Alexandra Palace and Streatham Ice Centre to name a few.

For those of you inspired by Nathan Chen’s world record breaking performance this year, you can learn to perfect your turns and spins on the ice at Queens Ice Rink.

Its unique adults programme has been designed by professional coaches who specialise in Dancing on Ice. Classes cost £16.50 and start from beginners up to intermediate.

Snowboarding

Skieasy at Duke Meadows Sports Club Dan Mason Drive, Chiswick, W4 2SH

Along with skiing Duke Meadows also offers snowboarding lessons.

As with skiing at the venue, you’ll have the slope to yourself (unless you bring a friend), and all lessons are private sessions.

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