I recently published a post on my favourite skiing/snowboarding pieces for this season so far. However it’s no good having all the gear and no idea (which often describes myself). However if you have a holiday on the slopes booked or you’re thinking about trying out skiing or snowboarding then there are plenty of indoor Snow Centres or Dry Slopes within the UK.
Indoor Snow Centres
When booking a session or lesson at an indoor snow centre your boots, skis/snowboard, helmet and poles will all be included in the price of your ticket. Gloves and waterproof/warm clothing is a must but can usually be hired at the centre if you don’t own any. Below is a list of Snow Centres within the UK and their facilities, hopefully there’s one not too far away from you!
The Snow Centre – In Hemel Hempstead (nearest to London) has a main slope and a smaller slope. The centre has a bar and restaurant as well as a Snow & Rock shop. There’s a balcony within the restaurant so that you can watch people on the slopes.. If you’re more advanced or wanting to try something different there are freestyle nights on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the winter.
Snozone – The next snow centre that we come to is Milton Keynes. This centre is part of the Discover Xscape chain which has another centre in Yorkshire, which is listed below. The slope is larger than Hemel and also hosts Freestyle nights on Thursdays and Fridays with a Rookie park too. Outside of the slopes there’s an indoor skydiving area, and Ellis Brigham climbing wall, bowling and a cinema.
SnowDome – The Tamworth centre doesn’t only have a main slope and beginner slopes to play on but also an icerink, pool and fitness centre. The slope is slightly larger than Hemel and Milton Keynes and also hosts Freestyle nights.
Chill Factore – In Manchester the Chill Factore is the largest slope in the country with an Alpine Village where you can eat, drink and shop. In addition to its slopes there’s also a climbing wall in the centre. The centre also hosts race training on Tuesdays and Sundays.
SnoZone – This snow centre in Yorkshire sits within Discover Xscape and has multiple activities. There’s a climbing wall, Skyride, a Trampoline centre, Adventure Golf, Tenpin Bowling, a Lazer zone and more. I think you’ll be spending more than just an evening skiing here.
Snow Factor – The Glasgow slope is larger than Milton Keynes and includes a ice climbing wall and ice bar, which sounds like a great way to end the day. There are also freestyle nights and a dedicated beginner slope.
So if you’re feeling inspired to ski or snowboard or just want some time on a slope before you go on your holidays than a snow centre is the perfect way to get in some practice. For those of you who are thinking about moving onto freestyle skiing check this group out, Ski the Kingdom. They are a group of UK freestyle skiers and snowboarders just doing what they do best…..thanks preparedtotri xx