Where . . . Midlothian Snow Sports Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland
What . . . The centre is home to the longest dry ski slope in Europe. There are four slopes, including two main slopes of 450 metres and 320 metres, a 20-metre nursery slope, and a jump slope made of snowflex. Access to the slopes is via a chairlift and two button lifts.
All runs are floodlit for evening skiing and have a misting system to increase speed. Open practice is available to competent skiers. There are also a range of ski lessons, from beginner to advanced, including race training and freestyle. The minimum age for skiing is 6.
Snowtubing (round inflatable rings) are available for kids and particularly popular with birthday parties.
The centre is open 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. at weekends. All equipment is supplied on site.
Other amenities . . . Ski lodge with equipment hire and cafe with drinks and light bites overlooking the slopes.
Price . . . Open practice costs £9.50 adults; £6.50 juniors per hour