Go faster with ex­treme winter sports

T3 - - Tech Adventures - Carve up some pow­der this winter with a spot of in­door snows­coot­ing, air­board­ing or ex­treme sledg­ing, and track the ef­fect it has on your vi­tals with Po­lar’s swish new ac­tiv­ity mon­i­tor, the A360

Do you en­joy snows­ports but want some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to ski­ing and snow­board­ing? If so, how does ex­treme sledg­ing grab you? Cen­tres such as Chill Fac­tore in Manch­ester are serv­ing up a range of ex­cit­ing, ex­treme snows­ports – all with­out you hav­ing to break out the pass­port and travel over­seas.

Snows­coot­ing, for ex­am­ple, fuses BMXing and snow­board­ing to cre­ate a high-oc­tane thrill ride, while ex­treme sledg­ing will see you ride spe­cially de­signed sledges that en­able you to bob and weave down a 180m course. And if you’re feel­ing re­ally ad­ven­tur­ous, try air­board­ing, where you slide head­first on an in­flat­able down a steep, snow-cov­ered slope.

“A 45-minute air­board­ing ses­sion gives the thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence of body­board­ing on real snow,” says Chill Fac­tore’s Emma Cu­sick. “We’ve cranked up the speed and added over 100 me­tres of slope to race on, so you can en­joy the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing time yet!”

Cu­ri­ous to see how many calo­ries you burn on the in­door slopes? Want to see the ef­fect that all of this ex­treme sledg­ing has on your heart rate? Mon­i­tor the whole she­bang with the Po­lar A360. A wa­ter­proof, easy-towear fit­ness tracker and heart-rate mon­i­tor, it’ll keep tabs on your ac­tiv­ity through­out your ex­treme-win­ter­sports day.

It even has a per­son­alised train­ing-guid­ance fea­ture, Po­lar Smart Coach­ing, for when you’re train­ing away from the slopes.


Book your ex­treme snow ex­pe­ri­ence at chill­fac­tore.com. Air­board­ing costs £14 per per­son at off-peak times, while ex­treme sledg­ing and snows­coot­ing will each set you back £20. Ses­sions last for be­tween 45 and 50 min­utes.

All three ac­tiv­i­ties can be tried by any­one over the age of 12. There’s no prior skill re­quired, ei­ther, so you don’t need to be a snow­boarder or a BMXer.

To keep your fit­ness tracked and your heart rate mon­i­tored, visit po­lar.com to pick up a Po­lar A360 (£154.50). A stylish de­vice that’s avail­able in five colours, the A360 works with An­droid and iOS de­vices, has a vi­brat­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions func­tion (for when you re­ceive texts, calls and emails), and will track your sleep – all on a two-week bat­tery life.

“Ex­treme sledg­ing will see you ride spe­cially de­signed sledges that en­able you to weave down a 180m course”

Catch some air while hit­ting the slopes with in­door snow ac­tiv­i­ties such as ex­treme sledg­ing (above) and air­board­ing (top left)

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