Where . . .The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, UK

What . . .The Snow Centre is one of Britain's newest indoor real snow centres. It is home to a 160-metre-long and 30-metre-wide main slope lined with snow canons and served by four lift systems. The centre also boasts the largest indoor lesson slope in the UK at 100 metres.

A whole host of lessons, membership packages, and even professional race training is available. Freestylers can hit the kickers, rails, and boxes of the terrain park.

Qualified instructors are on hand to train all levels. The Snow Centre was recently awarded ‘centre of excellence' status from the British Association of Snowsports Instructors.

The Snow Centre has partnered with HEAD to provide all the equipment needed (skis/snowboard, boots, poles, and helmet) included in the price of your ticket. Remember to dress in warm, waterproof clothes and gloves. Snow clothes are also available for hire at the centre.

Food/Shops . . .Drinks and meals are served at The Edge cafe-bar. The 8000-square-foot Snow+Rock snow sports retailer sells the best winter sports clothing, equipment, and accessories.

Price . . . Adults £18-23 p/h; juniors £16-19 p/h. Three-hour group lessons cost £78 per person and 30-minute private lessons cost £77 per person.

Next indoor ski centre: SnowDome, Tamworth