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How to Be Inspired by the Winter Olympics in Aberdeen

Winter sports have been pushed to the forefront this month, as we see athletes from around the globe compete in the Winter Olympics. For many families, it’s the first time that children will have been introduced to new snow sports such as the slalom, speed skating and the luge. Move over Six Nations – we’re watching the bobsleigh tonight!

Here, we’ve pulled together some fun activities that you and your family can try out, both at home and locally, to take inspiration from winter sports.

Host a Mini Olympics Event at Home

There’s a whole variety of ways to adapt some of the games we’ve been watching on TV to make them easy to do at home. Try zoning your living room and playing ice hockey with a balloon and some leftover gift wrap tubes. This will keep the kids entertained for hours, although be sure that your television is in a safe space.

If the young ones are more into figure skating, why not dig out their winter slipper socks and get them to try out some moves in the kitchen. Pick a song and ask them to come up with a brilliant routine. We guarantee it will be “10s across the board”.

Let’s not forget about the medal ceremony. There are lots of ways to make fun homemade medals, so get kids trying their hand at some arts and crafts. It will keep them busy through the school holidays and save on buying plastic novelty medals.

Hit the Slopes

Aberdeen has some thrilling winter sports facilities if you want to try and get more proficient in your chosen sport. Just over ten minutes by car from Chapelton is Adventure Aberdeen, where you can try snowboarding and skiing on their dry slope. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities so get out there and give something new a try.

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Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports Centre

If you really want to get out and explore, then Glenshee has the UK’s largest lift system, home to 22 lifts and the 36 runs extend over three valleys and four mountains. The centre even has its own snowsport school, making it suitable for beginners through to advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Try Out Tubing

Dry slope tubing is a fun day out for the whole family where you can slide down a slope while riding in a tube. There isn’t any training required, making it the perfect activity for beginners and novices. As long as you can sit still and hold on, you’ll be able to go whizzing down the slope. Dry slope tubing is available at Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports and can be booked here.

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Dry slope Tubing in Aberdeenshire

Get Your Skates On

If ice skating is of more interest, then the Linx Arena is just for you and is only 11 miles from Chapelton. The arena hosts children’s parties and coaching for all ages. If you’d rather watch some sport than take part in it, you can go along to watch the Aberdeen Lynx hockey team in person. Tickets for upcoming games can be booked here.

Looking for other exciting events?

From movie nights to bike repair sessions, we have plenty of exciting events planned throughout the year at Chapelton that are open to our residents and the wider community. Check them out here and on our social media pages.

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