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It's all very well to hear about exotic ski resorts on the other side of the world, but for those of us who don't have the time or money to go gallivanting to the four corners of the world, how are we supposed to survive the summer without skiing? Well, we've got good news: you can have (almost) just as much fun shredding the slopes at an indoor ski hall right in your own backyard! From Glasgow to Tamworth, these 5 indoor ski halls in the UK have real snow and even moguls and snow parks. And the good news is they’re open all year, so you can practise your skills all summer long and start next year’s ski season in top form!
There are quite a few alternative ski hills in the UK if you count dry slopes, but it’s just a tad more fun to ski on real snow. These five indoor ski hills all use real snow and some of them boast quite sophisticated equipment. Most of them fire up the snow cannons every night to ensure fresh tracks the next morning. A great way for beginners to try out skiing or snowboarding for the first time, or for more advanced ski junkies just to spend an afternoon perfecting their technique!
The UK’s biggest and Scotland’s only year-round indoor ski hill, the Snow Factor in Glasgow is set up with a blue run with snow about 1.5m deep, properly prepared by a piste basher. Check out Ice Bar or the Bavarian-themed restaurant Bar Varia, which has a wood-burning stove and views over the piste. There is also sledging and an ice climbing wall up which you can haul yourself with the help of a pickaxe. The Snow Factor offers ski and snowboard lessons, hen and stag parties.
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The Snow Centre is the closest indoor ski hill to London and offers mini moguls and a snow park with features that change weekly. If you’re intimidated, the centre provides specialized coaching sessions for boxes and jumps. The Lodge Bar & Kitchen has panoramic views over the slope, and there is free tea and coffee available. If you hurry, you might be able to jump on board the last group trip to Switzerland this spring.
Besides the traditional ski and snowboard lessons, the Chill FactorE thinks big for an indoor ski hall and offers freestyle days, moguls and race coaching. The facilities are also equipped for a host of alternative snow sports, including snowscooting and airboarding. You’ll find something for every little daredevil here.
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Snozone Milton Keynes and Snozone Castleford are two related indoor ski halls with an emphasis on introducing snow sports to people with disabilities. Additionally, there are freestyle facilities, tubing, sledging and family snow play sessions. It’s also a great place to book your child’s next birthday party!
Offering ski and snowboard group or private lessons for everybody from beginners to experts, the SnowDome Tamworth is a great place to keep in shape and polish up your skills. The main indoor ski slope is 170m long, and there are two “Snow Academy” areas 30m and 25m long, respectively. The SnowDome is also equipped with a luxurious spa, a gym and a pool, as well as a family-friendly bar and restaurant with a balcony overlooking the piste.
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to indoor ski halls in the UK. Will you attack the moguls or have a go on the freestyle parks?
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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