Where . . . Snow Factor, Glasgow, Scotland
What . . . The 200-metre-long main slope is covered with more than 1700 tonnes of fresh snow and is served by two lifts. There is also a dedicated lesson slope for beginners and to build their skills and confidence before progressing to the main slope. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for all levels, including race training, advanced technique, and freestyle tricks.
Freestyle sessions are held at Snow Factor Glasgow. Original and varied park layouts contain everything from beginner Rookie lines on the academy slide boxes, to technical and gnarly lines.
A wide range of special events are hosted here, from British Championships to charity fundraisers, race days, and freestyle jams. A juniors' Saturday club offers fun activities such as basic freestyle, race training and lots more. All prices include the complimentary hire of skis, poles, snowboards, boots, and helmets. Snow clothing is available fore hire for £5 per outfit and gloves cost £12 to purchase (any thick, waterproof gloves will do).
Snow Factor Glasgow is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (until 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday) in the summer season (May-Sept.); 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday in the winter season (Oct-April).
Non-skiing Activities . . . Sledging sessions and an ice slide (8 years+).
Food/Shops . . . The bar overlooks the slopes and serves teas, coffees, soft drinks, alcohol as well as hot and cold bar meals 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The bar provides an exciting entertainment schedule throughout the year with acoustic sessions, comedy, and club nights.
Price . . . Hourly slope passes cost £12 (Mon-Fri until 6 p.m.); £21 (Fri after 7p.m. and weekends). A one-hour private lesson is £27 adults/£23 juniors; a two-hour freestyle session pass is £25.
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