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Best Indoor Ski Slopes in the UK

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Whether you’re an annual visitor to the Alps or looking for a thrilling new hobby, the seasonality of skiing can be frustrating. With expensive overseas travel added in, most ski resorts also only have perfect snow at a particular point in the year – so what can you do the rest of the time? Luckily, the UK is full of outstanding indoor skiing and snowboarding centres running all year round. So, strap your feet in – these are the best indoor ski slopes in the UK.

Chill Factore, Manchester

At 180-metres, Chill Factore is the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope, making it as close as you’ll get to the real thing. Beginners are more than welcome, with a much smaller 40-metre slope and ski and snowboarding lessons available. Luging, tubing, and a climbing wall give you the chance to partake in plenty of other winter activities, while a variety of cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops mean you can make a day of it.

How to get there: From Manchester Piccadilly station, a bus and short walk will get you to Chill Factore.

Snow Factor, Glasgow

If you’re looking for an authentic skiing experience in Scotland, Snow Factor is the place to visit. It’s Scotland’s only indoor real snow slope, and with a 168-metre piste it’s more than suitable for advanced skiers. Beginners are also welcome, with ski and snowboarding lessons for all levels and age groups; while sledging and ice climbing offer alternative activities to try. On top of all of this, Snow Factor is home to the country’s first ever ice bar, with walls, tables and even glasses made from the frozen stuff!
How to get there: Snow Factor is just a 30-minute bus journey from Glasgow Central station.

SnowDome, Staffordshire

With its Snow Academy and two separate 30-metre and 25-metre slopes, SnowDome is the ideal indoor skiing and snowboarding centre for beginners. Lessons are available for skiers at all skill levels, and you can even obtain instructor courses if you’re looking to teach abroad. But that doesn’t mean it’s only for beginners; Snowdome offers a 170-metre main slope for advanced skiers and snowboarders. For other activities, look no further than their ice skating, swimming, tubing, tobogganing, and sledging.
How to get there: Hop on board at your local CrossCountry service to Tamworth station. From here, SnowDome is a 15-minute walk away.

Snowtrax, Dorset

Skiing isn’t all about the slopes, but the experience that comes with it. Snowtrax attempts to recreate that, with the centre overlooking a small lake and an island surrounded by wintery pine trees. Visit the UK’s largest independent ski and snowboard retail store to purchase new gear or take part in activities in the alpine adventure park. With lessons for all ages and abilities, as well as events and competitions for the more advanced skiers, Snowtrax is the complete package.
How to get there: It’s just a 12-minute journey from Bournemouth station.

Snozone, Yorkshire & Milton Keynes

With multiple locations across the UK, Snozone has been providing indoor dry slopes to local communities across the UK for years. Both locations are perfect for beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders alike, while their renewable energy policies make them attractive for environmentalists. If you’re looking for an extra special way to spend a birthday or special occasion, Snozone are always happy to accommodate party bookings.

How to get there: The Milton Keynes location is around 50-minutes from Coventry station, and the Castleford location is accessible from Leeds station in half an hour.

Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre, Cardiff

The original Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre slope was one of the first built in the UK. At just 90-metres in 1969, it’s since grown to 170-metres long and 30-metres wide – similar in size to a standard blue run. Separate 30-metre and 25-metre slopes are perfect for beginner lessons, while regular events and competitions will satisfy advanced skiers and snowboarders. There’s also a tubing zone if you want to partake in a different activity. The original, and one of the best, Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre is a must-visit.
How to get there: It’s just a 20-minute bus journey from Cardiff Central station, followed by a 10-minute walk.

Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre, Gloucester

Home to the longest indoor dry slope in England, Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre is the best way to get your ski or snowboard fix without the need for real snow. At 255-metres long, the main slope can give even advanced skiers a run for their money. The centre is set over 12-acres of land, making it feel like a mini resort in the Cotswolds. Take part in tubing, freestyle sessions, and more for something a bit different.
How to get there: It’s just a 20-minute bus journey from Gloucester station, followed by a ten-minute walk.

If you’re planning to visit the best indoor ski slopes in the UK, don’t forget to book an Advance ticket via our website or the CrossCountry app. If you need more information, you can contact us here.

Written by Julia

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