Ice Mountain makes for perfect way to cool down in summer heat

Looking for some inspiration for a day out in Belgium this summer? If so, look no further than Ice Mountain – it’s just the job to cool off after some of the intense heat of late.

Located a relatively short drive from Brussels, Ice Mountain at Comines started with one ski slope and a restaurant way back in 1999.

It was born from the belief that people who go on a winter sports holiday and do not have the same experience as their travelling companions can benefit from practising before leaving, so that they can fully enjoy their holiday.

In 2006, the site was expanded for the first time with the addition of a second slope, a second restaurant and two meeting rooms for companies that work with Ice Mountain.

Three years later, four paintball courts were added under the slopes, and in 2011, the attraction was given a new entrance, new office buildings and a specialized store with professional equipment.

Since 2014 visitors to the centre, in the west of Belgium, have also been able to use the adjacent climbing park.

Today, Ice Mountain has become a household name in the world of winter sports in Belgium, probably the best venue of its kind in the country.

A day pass gives access to many activities  and, unlike a lot of similar places here, there is free access for those who prefer to stay on the sidelines and not participate in the activities.

Aside from the slopes, there really is something for everyone here, including a kids Indoor Skydiving School, ski lessons, laser tag, Archery Adventure, a climbing park and children's playground.

There is also is a new Aqua Adventure in Wevelgem, 15 km away from Ice Mountain Adventure Park Komen.

Centrepiece, though, are the two slopes  at the complex, both with real snow (yes, the sort you will find in the mountains!).Thanks to a process in which water is sprayed and rapidly cooled, the quality of the snow is fantastic and there is always a layer of 40 to 60 centimeters thick.

A drag lift is provided on both sides along the large slope. The small slope, for beginners and children, has both a roll carpet and a drag lift. The temperature in the complex is always at least six degrees.

The place is ideal for those who would like to retrain before venturing into the mountains this year (also for those who have never been on ski slopes). Lessons are available at the site which has different formulas for those who want to follow a course. Its qualified staff provide lessons individually or for groups.

Minimum age for ski lessons is 4 years and 7 for snowboard lessons.

Worth noting that persons without ski or snowboarding experience are not allowed on the slopes. For their safety and that of others, they must follow a minimum of two hours of lessons with one of the monitors so that they are able to use and stop the tow lift. 

Prior reservation is necessary. Rental of ski and snowboard equipment is possible on the site which also has changing rooms, showers and lockers. There is also a very well stocked shop, selling all manner of skiing gear.

So, if you are searching for ideas for a day trip this summer, Ice Mountain, located just south of Ypres, makes for a great destination.

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Martin Banks is a highly qualified journalist with many years experience of working within the EU institutions. He is an occasional, and highly valued, contributor to EU today, writing on a wide variety of issues.

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