Skiing in Dublin

It is possible to ski without any snow and there are two decent options available in Dublin if you want to get those ski legs ready.

If you prefer the outdoor option, there is a very good dry-slope at Kilternan.  This is the National Snowsports Centre for Ireland  and is run by Ski Club Ireland (see link below).  There are actually three slopes of varying gradients  (for different abilities) and they have excellent instructors there if you want to take lessons.  Alternatively, if you are a fairly competent skier and just want to warm those leg muscles up before your holiday, you can just pay to use the slopes and ‘do your own thing’.  But I do believe that skiers of all abilities can benefit from lessons – even advanced skiers.  There is always something new to learn and like golfers who are always improving their swings, skiers are constantly tweaking their technique and trying to get the perfect position.  It can sometimes help to get a professional instructor to watch you ski and suggest ways to improve.

The dry slope obviously isn’t the same as real snow (it’s easier to ski on real snow) but it’s a very good substitute and our options are extremely limited in Ireland!!   We were very lucky in 2010 when we actually had real snow to ski on at Kilternan – but that was a one-off I think!

If you prefer the indoor option, there is also a very good ski/snowsports facility at the Ski Centre in Sandyford.  The Irish Times had a very good write-up on this recently – see link below.  Again, they cater for all abilities and also offer excellent personal training sessions for people wanting to up their fitness levels before hitting the real slopes.  Skiing is a very physical activity and so it really helps to do some training before the holiday – this will lessen the possibility of injury (and I’m speaking from painful experience!)


Ski-Fest Weekend 7/8th November

The Ski Centre in Sandyford, Dublin is holding a Ski Fest Weekend on 7/8th November 2015.

See website for details:


Pick up New Guides

Crystal’s New “Guide to the mountain” and Snow+Rock winter catalogue packed full of the latest and greatest. 10% OFF Snow+Rock Coupon – just ask at reception

Ski Prep Demo – 2:30pm Sunday

Want to understand how to edge and wax your skis? Chat with Matthew the resident Ski Technician!

Try New Ski Gym Classes for only €5

Saturday 2:30pm

Sunday 12:30pm

Weekend Special Offers

“Summer pricing on 10 Lesson and €100 off Membership”

Personal Training

50% off your first session must book on the day!

Hypoxi Trial session €19.99 – Great for guys & girls… treat yourself like the stars and shape-up in only 4 weeks for Christmas. Works for Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Robbie William and Simon Cowell… pop in and chat to Lisa, Jonathan and Alexa.

Join the Crystal Club Ski Trip – Rated as one of the best trips ever last year: “All-in-deal” – only €1,179

And much more….