The UK's indoor skiing centres

12th November 2014 | OTS Staff

Snow Factor, Glasgow is the UK's largest indoor ski centre

Snow Factor, Glasgow is the UK's largest indoor ski centre

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Indoor skiing centres are year-round, weather-reliable destinations. They are growing in popularity and complexity, with the larger centres now resembling full mountain resorts rather than just straight slopes.

The UK's indoor skiing centres are great places to learn or to brush up on your ski skills before your winter holiday. Many offer great value-for-money courses allowing skiers and snowboarders to maximise their ski time when in the mountains. The freestyle scene at indoor ski slopes is also thriving.

OnTheSnow has compiled a list of indoor skiing centres across the UK:

Snozone Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The 170-metre-long main slope is covered with more than 1500 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.

Weekly freestyle sessions are held at the Snozone Milton Keynes. 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 £6 per outfit and gloves cost £11 to purchase (any thick, waterproof gloves will do).

Snozone Milton Keynes 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).

Sledging sessions (3 years+); ice sliding (7 years+); and ski riding (15 years+)

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.

Hourly slope passes cost £16 (Mon-Fri until 5 p.m.); £21 (weekdays after 5p.m. and weekends). A one-hour lesson is £27 adults/£23 juniors.

Snozone Milton Keynes

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Snozone Castleford, W. Yorkshire

The 170-metre-long main slope is covered with more than 1500 tonnes of fresh snow served by two lifts. There is also a dedicated lesson slope for beginners 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 Snozone Castleford. Original and varied park layouts contain everything from beginner Rookie lines on the cademy 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).

Snozone Castleford 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).

Sledging (toddlers to adults) and ice sliding(over 7 years)

The Alpine-themed bar 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.

Hourly slope passes cost £16 (Mon-Fri until 6 p.m.); £21 (Fri after 7p.m. and weekends). A one-hour lesson is £27 adults/£23 juniors; a two-hour freestyle session pass is £25.

British Indoor Championships at Snozone Castleford

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Snow Factor, Glasgow, Scotland

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).

Sledging sessions and an ice slide (8 years+).

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.

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.

Snow Factor in Glasgow is the United Kingdom's largest indoor ski and snowboard facility featuring real snow.

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The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead

This 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.

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.

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.

A group skiing lesson at The Snow Centre UK.

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SnowDome, Tamworth, UK

The SnowDome offers a year-round real snow experience. Skiing and snowboarding sessions take place on its 180-metre main slope and at the two Snow Academy areas (separate 30-metre and 25-metre teaching slopes).

There are numerous lessons available at SnowDome, day courses, coaching sessions, and discounts available to all levels of skier and boarder. Kinder Lessons are for children aged between 4 and 7 and last 45 minutes every Saturday and Sunday morning. There's also a disability ski school.

No specialist equipment is required; just bring warm clothes and gloves. Skis, snowboards, snowblades, and boots are provided free of charge or you can bring your own. Protective headwear is also supplied, inclusive, for all skiers and boarders using the ramps or rails. Helmets are also compulsory for all snowboard lessons.

SnowDome is open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. 364 days a year.

A Children's snowplay area, an ice skating rink, the UK's only ice track, a huge gym, tobogganing nights, a swimming pool and luxury spa.

There's a good selection of bars and restaurants in the centre. The mountain sports specialists, Ellis Brigham, is also located at the entrance to the SnowDome and his two floors full of clothing and equipment.

Adults £18-25 p/h; juniors £13-19 p/h. Discounts are available for family tickets and group bookings. Two-hour group lessons cost £55 per adult and 55-minute private lessons are £79.

SnowDome, Tamworth

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Chill Factore, Manchester, UK

Chill Factore is home to the UK's longest, and the world's widest, real snow indoor ski slope: 180 metres long and 100 metres wide at the bottom.

To use the Chill Factore main slope all users must be able to control speed and direction, link turns, stop, and use the button lift unassisted.

Chill Factore offers taster sessions for beginners take place on the 40-metre beginner slope. A wide variety of lessons are also available, both private tuition or group sessions, for those wanting to learn parallel turns, carving, moguls, telemark, rider development for snowboarders, and freestyle sessions with ramps and rails for both skiers and riders.

The main slope is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 365 days a year, and it opens from 7:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The 12-metre-high climbing wall offers a challenge for all levels. Tubing and luging are also available along with a snowplay area for those aged 2-10.

Alpine Village offers a good choice of bars, cafes, and restaurants with views over the slopes. The Street is an authentic wood and stone indoor mountain village lined with outdoor clothing shops and ski outlets.

Adults £15-20 p/h; junior/student £11-15 p/h; and family £22-30 p/h. You can ski up to four hours, the price drops the longer you ski. Either bring your own adequate clothing or hire jacket and trousers, supplied by Dare 2b, for a charge of £5 per person.

Chill Factore indoor ski centre, UK

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