Ultimate Guide To Indoor Skiing & Dry Slopes In The UK
The Winter has ended but that is no need to fret. Despite the fact, we all now know that our next ski holiday is a while away and whether you are a beginner or an expert, this could lead you to experience a little seasonal affective disorder in reverse! We love the mountains and snow. But, there is no need to worry, even if we experience another heatwave like last year, you too could find yourself with your skis and boards on in 27c heat. So we thought we would put together the ultimate guide to indoor skiing & dry slopes in the UK.
When talking about indoor skiing & dry slopes in the UK, we have a little stigma. The misconception is either; for beginners, it’s a little daunting, for intermediates that it’s going to be boring and for experts, well, a total waste of time. BUT stop right there, Indoor Skiing and dry slopes are going to become your favourite past time to escape the British summer and have a little slice of winter.
So we did all the research for you, by location, level of awesome/enjoyment and all the essential variables on the UK Indoor Ski Slopes.
Grab an apres ski bev and have a read!
UK Indoor Ski Slopes - Low Key Cool. . . Pun Intended!
Indoor skiing & dry slopes in the UK covers the breadth and depth of the UK from North to South, Scotland to London and everywhere in between. We can put tenner bets on the fact there will be a centre near you, and this article aims to discover the nearest indoor ski slope or the nearest dry slope to you or indeed narrow down which ones are worth travelling to for the best outta season experience. We even managed to visit a centre ourselves and find out what makes the best indoor ski slopes worth a trip.
So let’s dive in, from north to south, look out for the award badges for the best centres and which we think bring a little slice of winter to you no matter the time of year.
Bearsden Ski & Board Club, Glasgow
Snowflex Fun park including kicker and quarter pipe. Nursery slope.
Where: The Mound Stockiemuir Rd, Glasgow
Info: Bearsden Ski Club was formed over 50 years ago by a small band of enthusiasts. Located in the middle of Bearsden the club quickly grew to be recognised as one of the major influencers in Scottish skiing producing many world-class skiers including Olympian Lesley Beck and Douglas Crawford. Brush shoulders with local heroes!
Best Known For: That quarter pipe lifestyle for the win!
Average Price: Call 0141 943 1500 to find out more.
Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Center, Bellahouston, Glasgow
Snowflex Fun park including grind rails and quarter pipe.
Where: 16 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow
Info: Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre is the premier outdoor artificial slope in the city and the West of Scotland. Whether your adventure begins with private or group lessons, a tubing party, race training, freestyle or you’ve just dropped into the cafe/bar, Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre offers mountains of fun on Glasgow’s doorstep, all year round.
Best Known For: The grind rails are an epic place to practice.
Average Price: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre
Full 4500m2 Snowflex slope, including. Big air kicker, moguls, quarter pipe, fun box and nursery slope
Where: Garthdee Road, Aberdeen
Info: “The ever-changing slopes of Aberdeen Snowsports have been an iconic landmark of the city for decades. There has been a dry ski slope in Garthdee since 1967 – in fact, we recently celebrated the 50th birthday of the slope! In the old days it was called the Kaimhill Ski Slope and as the pictures show the equipment was somewhat different!”
Best Known For: The ideal spot for beginner freestylers, nurture your inner adventurer!
Average Price: email@example.com for more info
Snow Factor, Glasgow
Natural light and freestyle vibes!
Where: Glasgow, Just off the M8 at junction 25a (W) or 26 (E)
Info: Snow Factor is the only centre in Scotland, but this has worked out as a fabulous thing as the centre is fantastic and offers something for everyone! From beginner lessons, lessons for kids, free skiing on the slope as well as some pretty epic freestyle coaching. They have park nights, but most notably, there is natural light during the day, it almost feels as if you are on the slopes, with the light and the excellent snow quality, its an awesome way to spend an afternoon!
Best Known For: The freestyle camps and the natural light.
Average Price: 2hr Peak Lift Pass, £15 Fri from 6pm, all day Sat & Sun
Yorkshire & The North
Silksworth Ski Slope. Silksworth
Ski by night in Sunderland!
Where: Silksworth Lane, City of Sunderland
Info: There is a variety of activities for you to enjoy at the Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope. Home to the Northeast’s premier ski facility with three ski slopes consisting of, 160 meters floodlit and misted main slope, and two dedicated nursery ski slopes. Lessons available for all levels run by our highly qualified instructors. Silksworth ski centre has something to offer skiers/boarders of all levels from complete beginner to national level racer.
Best Known For: Skiing under the floodlights!
Average Price: Join the club to gain access.
Kendal Ski Club, Cumbria
Skiing for everyone, volunteer lead, welcoming people for 25 years.
Where: Canal Head North, Kendal
Info: Skiing used to be viewed as an elitist sport, but this has never been the case at Kendal. The club was formed with the principle of skiing for anyone who wants to have a go. This was, still is, and always will be, the foundation stone of the club. The only change has been to embrace Snowboarding into this ethos.
Best Known For: For all, for the love of riding!
Average Price: Annual membership starts at just £35.00 per year!
Ride Halifax Snowsports Center, West Yorkshire
Full Snowflex slope, including. big air kicker, moguls, quarter pipe, fun box and counter slope. Nursery slope.
Where: Nestled in the hills above Halifax, West Yorkshire
Info: Halifax Snow Sports is one of the UK’s premier dry slopes with a permanent kicker, 1/4 pipe, moguls, and a fun box. It’s a great way to learn or improve your skills, especially if you like freestyle! It’s also a great ride if you happen to catch the slope with fresh snow on it in the Winter.
Best Known For: Heaven for freestylers!
Average Price: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Snozone Yorkshire Castleford
Park Nights & Friendly, Knowledgeable Locals
Info: “Snozone are the UK’s leading snow centres for indoor skiing and snowboarding on real snow. Snozone’s two indoor snow centres, located in Milton Keynes and Castleford, offer skiers and snowboarders an authentic slope experience. Whether it’s your first time on skis or you’re an experienced snowboarder, Snozone has a range of indoor activities to suit all ages and all abilities – they’ve taught nearly 2 million guests since opening in 2000.”
We love Snozone Castleford as not only is it situated in the Xscape centre which is full of super fun things to do and great bars & restaurants but the centre is an excellent place to brush up on your skills without getting bored, the slope is impeccably well looked after. Whether you are a beginner or even an expert, hang out with the friendly local instructors, and you will get precisely what you need to ready yourself for the outdoor slopes! They also work extensively with Disability Snowsports too, ensuring the slope is accessible and fun for all!
Best Known For: Slope quality, the lovely locals and a low key environment made for ALL types of rider
Average Price: Three Hour Slope Pass Adults: £38.99 (Mon – Fri) £52.99 (Weekend/Peak holidays)
We were lucky enough to be invited along to interview Tom from the centre and talk about how much fun indoor skiing can be. We discovered what makes Snozone unique and why you absolutely need to hone your skills there this Summer!
Check out the edit below. . .
Rossendale Ski Slope
A Must Visit Destination In The North!
Where: Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, BB4 8RR
Info: Ski Rossendale as a facility where all people can come together to have fun, whilst learning to Ski and Board. It has long been an iconic leisure facility in Rossendale and the aim to once again put Ski Rossendale on the map as a ‘must Visit’ attraction within the North West of England.
Freestyle is an increasingly popular part of the ski and snowboard industry and Ski Rossendale has always been a centre which people travel to from all over to hit the jumps. These features are perfect for learning new tricks and progressing abilities on a personal level. A large Fun Park with permanent kickers and rail, permanent ‘bumps’ on the main slope come and try them out.
Best Known For: Outdoor slope, perfect for freestyle!
Average Price: £15 per 50 mins.
Chill Factore Manchester
Fun Snow Activites For All Levels & Abilities
Where: 4 miles away from Manchester City Centre, adjacent to The Trafford Centre
Info: From Ski and Snowboard Lessons for all levels, ages and ability, to Snow Fun activities, including the Downhill Donuts and more, Chill Factore has everything for a great day out.
As a real destination of choice Chill Factore offers some of the UK’s leading outdoor clothing shops offering big brand names, all along the authentic Alpine Street. There truly is something for everyone. At Chill Factore they cater for absolutely everyone, including people with disabilities. Home to Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) – a nationwide registered charity, providing adaptive skiing for individuals with any disability, including physical, sensory and learning difficulties.
Best Known For: Park night and a day out for the whole family!
Average Price: 2 hour Lift Pass off-peak from £24
We also had the chance to interview Jacob a local rider from the center to get his insider knowledge. Let’s see what he had to say:
The Ultimate Snow & Leisure Experience
Where: The SnowDome is easy to find and just 5 minutes from junction 10 of the M42 or M6 toll road.
Info: The original and ultimate snow, ice and leisure experience and the leading choice for skiers, snowboarders and fun seekers alike. Real snow, all year round, provides the ultimate surface to learn and enjoy these exciting sports. The 170-metre main slope and the two Snow Academy areas (separate teaching slopes) offer a wide variety of skiing and snowboarding lessons and sessions.
Best Known For: Family fun but with the best tuition available, great for beginners.
Average Price: 2hr passes From £19.40.
SnoZone, Milton Keynes
An outstanding venue for skiing and snowboarding indoors
Where: Snozone Xscape 602 Marlborough Gate Central Milton Keynes
Info: With a wealth of experience in snow sports coaching can help you improve your technique and give you the confidence to go faster and higher with style! Providing private lessons and group sessions to help you reach your potential. Why not try the exhilarating Freestyle coaching sessions delivered by the expert coaches and the award-winning park shaper team.
They believe snow sports should be available for everyone, so for those with additional needs. They also offer adaptive lessons on a private one-to-one basis delivered by Snozone Disability Snowsports.
Best Known For: Freestyle coaching and accessibility
Average Price: Three Hour Slope Pass Adults: £38.99 (Mon – Fri) £52.99 (Weekend/Peak holidays)
Ackers Adventure Birmingham
100m Of Dry Slope Skiing In Birmingham
Where: Golden Hillock Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham
Info: 100m of fun on the dry slope is available in Birmingham. They have floodlit synthetic bristle matting slopes available for use throughout the year. The main slope is approximately 100 metres long and incorporates a drag button ski lift. They also have a 30-metre nursery slopes which is exclusively used as a nursery slope for teaching beginner lessons. The slope is available for hire too! How fun is that.
Best Known For: Available for hire, how fun would that be, sunny day, you are your mates and full access to the slope to get winter ready!
Average Price: “We have a 1-hour rate, 2-hour rate or all day rate! We recommend pre-booking just so you are sure we have the capacity for you or there are no pre-booked events running.”
Swadlincote Snowsports Centre
100m Of Dry Slope Skiing In Birmingham
Where: Sir Herbert Wragg Way, Swadlincote
Info: Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is a large leisure facility & dry ski slope providing Skiing, Snowboarding, Toboggan & Sno-Tubing with a fully licensed bar and restaurant. The main slope is 170 metres long and 22 metres wide. They also have a nursery slope for beginners. They offer children’s birthday parties, team day outs and also have a Function room if you are looking to throw a big party!
Best Known For: A massive 170m long! So many activities are possible
Average Price: Email for more info on lessons and private free ski time.
The Snow Centre
Fresh Snow Twice A Week, A Slice Of The Winter Year Round
Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Info: Whether you’re a beginner, main slope ready, expert or anything in between, we have a Ski Lesson suitable for you. As Britain’s newest Indoor Ski Centre they deliver the alpine conditions every skier and snowboarder dream of. Here you’ll find a huge 160m main slope as well as the largest indoor ski lesson slope in the UK. Both ski and snowboarding slopes are over 30m wide and maintained with the perfect snow surface- perfect for all your indoor skiing and snowboarding needs!
After your session on the slope be sure to visit our Schuss Bar on the slope, enjoy FREE tea & coffee during your session.
Best Known For: The closest you are going to get to the Alps without travelling! Excellent slope and even an apres bar!
Average Price: “Our Lift Pass Offers are promotions and have limited availability. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Once our Lift Pass Offers have sold out there may be space on our 1 Hour or 2 Hour Lift Passes.”
Kidsgrove Ski Centre
For Skiers By Skiers With Incredible Views
Where: The slope is located in the beautiful Bathpool Park, which received Green Flag status in 2013.
Info: The club is operated by skiers for skiers. The staff and instructors are all volunteer members who give up their time in order to operate the centre for the benefit of all other club members.
In 2004 we received a lottery grant which, when added to our savings, enabled us to re-grade the slope and fit a new carpet type ski surface (Playgrass) which is safer and more like snow
Best Known For: Revolutionary material, just like the Alps! Pretty sick view too!
Average Price: Book a lesson or become a member to find out more!
The Guildford Ski Slope
365 Skiing in Gilford.
Where: 5 minutes from the A3
Info: Don’t waste valuable ski holiday time (and lift pass money). Learn the basics or rub the rusty bits off before you go! They are normally quieter and cheaper than the indoor snow slopes (and are probably closer too).
All instructors have a wealth of experience – most of them have been teaching for years.
Best Known For: “Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier, old or young, with a group or on your own, we’ve got something to offer you.”
Average Price: Get in touch for more info on prices and courses.
Llandudno Ski Slope
Sensational Views In The UK’s Longest Outdoor Slope
Where: Happy Valley Gardens, Great Orme, Llandudno
Info: The longest toboggan run in Britain and a scenic PermaSnow ski slope. Offering skiing, snowboarding, toboggan & sno-tubing with a fully licensed Alpine Lodge Bar & Restaurant. The views are pretty unique and with the Welsh hills, it’s not dissimilar to the Alpine mountains just on a smaller scale.
Best Known For: 200m of Alpine style slope ready to be experienced
Average Price: Available in 1.5 hour sessions to suit you!
Cardiff Ski Slope
Instructor Courses & Competitions
Where: Fairwater Park, only ten minutes from Cardiff City Centre
Info: The main area of expertise is introducing people to snow sports and sharing our passion for skiing and snowboarding. Providing activities for all levels and ages in individual, group and recreational settings. We run over 11,000 sessions a year and we provide special deals for schools and businesses.
Instructor courses, school events and competitions are run at our slope throughout the year. They also have a very successful junior ski school on Saturdays and Sundays.
Best Known For: Put your skills to the test.
Average Price: Contact them on email@example.com for more info.
A Playground For Experienced Skiers
Where: Matchams Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset
Info: “Learning to ski is a great experience; our professional ski instructors are passionate about the sport.” Everyone is welcome here at Snowtrax, from those wishing to improve their skiing or snowboarding skills, to the outright novice looking for their first ski or snowboard lessons! You don’t even need to hit the slopes to have a great time, just relax in our Alpine Bistro and indulge in one of our alpine themed gourmet burgers or just soak in the scenery with a freshly ground cup of coffee.
Best Known For: For experienced skiers to build skills
Average Price: 2 Hour Session from £12.90
Warmwell Snowsports Center, Dorchester, Dorset
Snowflex Fun park including kicker and quarter pipe. Nursery slope.
Where: Warmwell Holiday Park
Info: The Snowsports Centre at Warmwell is one of the UK’s top ski and snowboard slopes, with an amazing 110-metre outdoor ski slope, as well as a nursery slope where you can learn the ropes with one of the friendly instructors. On top of skiing and snowboarding, you can enjoy rings, swiss bob and even sledging!
Best Known For: Try out your skills on the Fun Park and Jump Zone.
Average Price: You’ll be able to get 20% off your session passes, call 01305 854 216 to find out more.
Suffolk Ski Centre
Red & Blue Runs For The Win!
Where: Bourne Hill, Ipswich, Suffolk
Info: Open practise is available to all competent skiers and snowboarders, from those developing there new skiing and snowboarding skills to the more advanced racers and freestylers.
There is no need to book for general practice, each session lasts up to 1.5 hours. equipment hire is included in the price.
The practice is available during any of our opening times, however, Saturday’s practice is not available until 12.30pm due to Children’s Workshop Sessions and Vikings Ski Race Training.
Best Known For: The main slope is 180 metres long incorporating a contoured ‘red’ run, a softer ‘blue’ run
Average Price: Annual membership starts from £40
Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre
Offers lessons, tobogganing, snow tubing and The Alpine Lodge!
Where: Alpine Park, Plymouth
Info: The Centre is open throughout the year for Tubing, Tobogganing, Skiing and Snowboarding. Lessons are available for every standard, including advanced training for Racing and Instruction.
The Centre features 4 slopes and 2 lifts, offering unrivalled skiing in the West Country. The tobogganing and tubing facilities are amazing too! Super fun.
Best Known For: tobogganing and tubing facilities are next level!
Average Price: Available in 1.5-hour sessions to suit you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre Get A Re-Vamp!
Where: Robinswood Hill, Gloucester
Info: “Gloucester Ski & Snowboard centre has always been a focal point for a lot of the younger community in the surrounding area and we believe it is about time it was given some love and attention.
The newly revamped venue will feature a refurbished T-Bar café/ restaurant with lots tasty food, and both hot and cold drinks suitable for whatever English weather is thrown at us! As well as regular events, and guest appearances from famous faces, we have invested in a GIANT Air Bag which is always open for public use – come down and check it out! We guarantee you will enjoy it!”
Best Known For: THEY ARE GETTING AN AIRBAG! Great value too!
Average Price: Contact email@example.com for more info.
Norfolk Snowsports Club
Perfect For Progression!
Where: Norwich, Norfolk
Info: “Once you have completed your beginner’s lessons, you then have the option to join the Club and attend our supervised sessions. This is where our instructors help you ski with confidence, progressing from the nursery slope onto the main and making you look great and feel ready enough to book your first ‘snow’ holiday. You can also then look to join our various coaching sessions such as Fast-Track to Parallel, Junior, Ladies or Masters Clubs or the Race and Freestyle Coaching in order to improve you further and get you bombing down the big slope with the air of confidence one would expect of an expert on the slopes! “
Best Known For: Progression!
Average Price: Adult Beginner Ski Timetable starting at £75pp
The Insider Scoop
Midlothian Snowsports Centre
We have the inside scoop for you all, we heard on the grapevine or shall we say, we heard on the Ski Pole that there is a new centre under development! Introducing Midlothian Snowsports Centre. The latest name in ski centres in the UK, the new kid on the block bringing EVERYTHING you would hope for in a dry slope. Think the Uk’s longest Alpine Coaster, Zipline, activity dome, slope extension and much much more. This will put Midlothian firmly on the map, easily accessible from Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.
We cannot wait to see what events they have in their calendar given the incredible winter sports talent coming from Scotland, this will ensure local riders and pros alike can practice and who knows. . . represent for British snowsports!
For more information on this epic ski centre, click the link below. If you want to keep up to date with the latest news then you can also click here.
That’s it for the moment, guys, we hope you find this article useful! If we happen to have missed your favourite local slopes, please do let us know and we shall put it in. If you are heading to a local ski slope, indoor or out, send us a pic, tag us online and let us know how you got on tag @dopesnow or @ridestore using #Dopesnow #Ridestore.
Hey, I’m Angelica A Pro Freerider and content producer. I love to write about adventures, inspire people to get outside and discover. Lover of big mountain snowboarding, wine and dogs!