• Jemima Tyssen Smith

Roll7 Go Snowboarding!

We’ve been a fully remote studio here at Roll7 for the past 7 years, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a good get-together when we have the chance.

Last week we all got the opportunity to cool off in the heat with two team outings to SnowDome Hemel Hempstead and SnowDome Tamworth. Everyone was super excited to snowboard - lots of us for the very first time! It’s no secret that many of the team skateboard, but (especially during this summer heat) not many of us get a lot of opportunities to get out into the snow. So the indoor year-round slopes of the snowdromes were a pretty exciting chance to try out something new.

Having two venues in different parts of the country made it easier for as many of us as possible to enjoy this trip, with minimal commute time needed. I came along to the Hemel Hempstead meet, and despite being pretty nervous to begin with, our wonderful instructors helped put me (and everyone else) at ease.

We started off by learning how to go backward down the hill, which felt, well… a little backwards! But it definitely made the experience of falling over a little easier, as we could just face-plant into the slope above us. I can’t speak for everyone else, but I know I did that a lot. Still, even after our worst wipe-outs, the little ski travelator was there to take us back up to the top of the hill, ready to do it all over again.

Once we’d mastered the backwards shuffle down the hill, we tried out new skills - snowboarding facing forward, zig-zagging down the slope, and even changing direction!

Before we knew it, two hours had passed, and it was time to drop off our boards and boots and head to the cafe for a warm meal and a catch-up. We were all pretty tired out, but we were definitely glad for the heat of a summer day to shake off the chills of the slopes!

This blog is dedicated to the memory of Tim’s jumper, which sadly escaped from his thermals and froze rock solid. Goodbye, sweet jumper. Your sacrifice in the name of corporate fun will truly never be forgotten.