IELTS® Listening Practice 80

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(Section 2: You will hear a tour guide talking to a group of visitors at the Ski Centre. First, you will have some time to look at questions 12 to 22 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 12 to 22.)


Good morning everyone. Welcome to the Ski Centre. I hope you will have a fantastic holiday here and learn some new ski skills, whether you are a beginner or an experienced skier.

Before we start our tour of the Ski Centre this morning, I'd like to just tell you a little bit about our history. As you have no doubt noticed, we have some fairly new buildings. Many of the older buildings were demolished and replaced in 2008 with these new modern structures, specially designed to blend in with our natural surroundings. We were closed for 2 years while the construction took place and the Ski Centre was officially re-opened in 2010. This is the main building we're standing in and it houses the cafeteria and various displays and galleries, but there is also a hire shop where you can borrow all kinds of equipment from skis to snow goggles. I'll show you how to access the hire shop at the end of the tour. 

Just a bit of housekeeping before we set off on the tour. Toilets are located on the ground floor and there's a cloakroom where you can leave your coat and bags if you want to visit the cafe or galleries -  just on the right over there. The Ski School office is on the top floor and there's a great little cafe in there where you can buy coffee and cake and so on. Just follow the red arrows on the floor and they will lead you to the Ski School Office. The information desk, marked with the small letter i on your maps is located right here in the foyer, so if you get separated from your friends and family, the best thing to do is make your way back to the information desk. Any questions? No?

OK, let's move on then. Now, if you look out of this window you should be able to see the snow garden, where the fun snowball fight for kids big and small takes place. If you want to participate, you should gather outside the garden 5 minutes before the snowball fight starts. It lasts 15 minutes and runs on the hour every hour. However, do be aware that the snowball fight isn't recommended for children under 7 as it does get very busy and smaller children can get upset by this.

Let's take a walk round the Ski Centre now. The first room on the right here is the Cinema. This is where we screen documentaries about winter sports and the natural environment here in the mountains. There's a documentary video showing today about the many birds that can be spotted in this area, so come back here later on if you want to learn more about them. They are really fascinating.

Now, this area we are walking into is known as the Ski Gallery. This is one of our permanent exhibitions and here we give information about famous skiers who have trained here at the Ski Centre. At the end of this walkway, we'll come to the Winter Sports Centre where we've got a brand new collection of photographs on display. They're proving very popular with visitors so do stop and take a look. They sell some very nice postcards of the photographs. Well worth visiting.

Now we're coming to the Members' Lounge. If you join the Ski Centre as a member, you are entitled to use the members' lounge for refreshments. Membership costs 350 Euros a year or 900 Euros for a family with up to two children. It's quite good value because ski hire is free for members.

Now, I'm going to leave you to explore the Ski Centre on your own for a while and we'll all meet back again at the information desk in three quarters of an hour's time. I hope you enjoy your holiday with us. Thank you.


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