It is slate. There's all kinds of horrendous steep slab climbing on former slate quarries in Llanberis.
Rick, I don't think heel-toe technique gets you anywhere in a badly flared dihedral.
Llanberis is a great place to climb. During my stay there (early 80's), I had an opportunity to have a conversation with the legendary Joe Brown and was awed by his humility. I also played a round of pool with Moe Antoine at a local pub just prior to one of his Himalayas trips, (sorry for the name dropping, but it was just too cool not to mention!).
To climb in a place with such an incredible climbing history alone was worth the trip.