Britain's top indoor snow centres and dry ski slopes for summer staycations

Britain's top dry ski slopes and indoor snow centres
Lessons are often available at ski centres in the UK Credit: Ross Woodhall/ROSS WOODHALL
The UK's snow centres and dry ski slopes provide Britons the chance to hit the slopes on home soil this summer

Keen skiers and snowboarders in England have had their first taste of the slopes post-lockdown as the UK’s indoor real-snow and dry ski slopes reopen.

The reopening of UK centres has provided some light relief for the thousands of British skiers and snowboarders who saw their ski holidays cancelled last winter, plus a great day out for those opting for a staycation this summer.

Aside from being a fun day activity for the entire family, the UK’s vast array of dry ski slopes and indoor snow centres provide the perfect opportunity for a pre-season warm up or to sample skiing or snowboarding for the first time.

With slopes across the country, from Glasgow to Hemel Hempstead, it's never been easier to visit your local centre, get fit and have heaps of fun, without the hefty price tag of travelling abroad. Find out which centres have reopened below and use our interactive map to find your local slope.

The Snow Centre

This is where those celebrity types trained before competing in the now-defunked Channel 4's The Jump. The Snow Centre has a 160m real snow slope including boxes, rails and kickers for freestylers. Lessons for all abilities are also available. One-hour adult lift passes cost from £28.

Where is it?

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
More info: thesnowcentre.com

Is it open?

Yes, under new Covid guidelines.

Snozone

These two indoor snow centres have real snow slopes and new freestyle terrain built regularly. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for all levels and ages, and there’s also sledging and ice sliding. One-hour adult lift passes costs from £20.

Where are they?

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire; Castleford, West Yorkshire
More info: snozoneuk.com

Is it open?

Yes, under new Covid guidelines.

Chill Factore

At 180m, this is the UK's longest indoor real snow slope. As well as the usual lessons and skiing and snowboarding, Chill Factore offers mogul, ski cross and boardercross sessions. Monthly and weekly lift passes are available for those dedicated to their turns, one-hour adult lift passes cost from £24.

Where is it?

Manchester
More info: chillfactore.com

Is it open?

Yes, under new Covid guidelines.

Fun activities like tubing are one offer at most of the centres Credit: chill factore

Snow Factor

Scotland's only indoor real snow slope is 168m long. There's also an ice climbing wall, a Bavarian-themed restaurant and beer hall, and an ice bar.

Where is it?

Braehead, Glasgow
More info: snowfactor.com

Is it open?

No, dates for reopening are yet to be announced.

Snowdome 

This leisure complex has a 170m main slope, two separate learner slopes, an ice rink, swimming pool and gym. The main slope features freestyle elements such as boxes, rails and kickers, and there is also a children’s snowplay area, tubing and tobogganing. Lessons for all abilities are available. One-hour adult lift passes cost from £26.

Where is it?

Tamworth, Staffordshire
More info: snowdome.co.uk

Is it open?

Yes, under new Covid guidelines.

Snowtrax

A dry slope with the UK's largest independent ski and snowboard retailer store and workshop attached. Snowtrax holds regular freestyle jam competitions, open to any skiers and snowboarders who have experience on freestyle equipment. There's also an alpine adventure park for kids in a woodland area at the bottom of the ski slope.

Where is it?

Christchurch, Dorset
More info: snowtrax.eu

Is it open?

Yes, under new Covid guidelines.

Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre

One of the first dry ski slopes in Britain, the original 90m slope here was built in 1969. The slope is now 100m long and hosts lessons, school events and competitions. The slope has a range of freestyle features including a full stair set, a rainbow rail, whale tail, box, kickers and a quarter pipe.

Where is it?

Cardiff, 10 minutes from the city centre
More info: skicardiff.co.uk

Is it open?

Yes, under new Covid guidelines.

Ski Rossendale

The North West's most popular dry ski slope has a 200m main slope as well as a freestyle park, nursery slope and quarter pipe. Lessons for all abilities are available and clubs and groups are welcome.

Where is it?

Rawtenstall, Lancashire
More info: skirossendale.co.uk

Is it open?

The centre is yet to make an announcement about reopening but has been hosting volunteering days to prepare the slope and has announced a merger with the local Rossendale Leisure Trust.

Suffolk Ski Centre

This outdoor dry slope is part of Suffolk Leisure Park. The slope is 180m and there's also a toboggan run – lessons and courses are available for skiers and snowboarders of all levels from four years old and up.

Where is it?

Ipswich, Suffolk
More info: suffolkskicentre.co.uk

Is it open?

Yes at weekends and on Wednesdays only, under new Covid guidelines.

Llandudno Ski Slope

Boasting Britain's longest toboggan run, the PermaSnow ski slope in North Wales hosts lessons for both skiers and snowboarders as well as tubing.

Where is it?

Llandudno, Conwy
More info jnlllandudno.co.uk

Is it open?

Yes, under new Covid guidelines.

Skiers and snowboarders of every level are welcome Credit: the snow centre

Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre

With three dry slopes on offer including the longest artificial slope in the South West, this centre is easily accessible from Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Private or group lessons are available for all abilities.

Where is it?

Plymouth, Devon
More info: jnlplymouth.co.uk

Is it open?

No, opening date to be announced.

Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

This dry slope centre on the edge of the Cotswolds is set across 12 acres. It has a 240m main slope, 250m recreational/racing slope, fun park, 40m nursery slope, Big Airbag and four lifts. 

Where is it?

Gloucester, Gloucestershire
More info: gloucesterski.com

Is it open?

Yes, under new Covid guidelines.

Norfolk Snowsports Club

This is one of the largest member-run ski and snowboard clubs in the UK. It's affiliated with Special Olympics UK and hosts fortnightly adaptive sessions for those with disabilities. The 170m main slope hosts a number of events and is open to everyone. Beginner courses are available on the adjoining nursery slope. 

Where is it?

Norwich, Norfolk
More info: norfolksnowsports.com

Is it open?

Yes, under new Covid guidelines.

Kidsgrove Ski Centre

Operated by volunteers from North Staffs Ski Club, the Kidsgrove Ski Centre is based in Bathpool Park in Stoke-on-Trent. There are two slopes, a main slope for all members and dedicated freestyle slope, which hosts dedicated 'Freestyle Fridays' every other week. Lessons are available as well as membership options. The club operates the slope on a non-profit making basis with all the revenue being used to further improve the slope, facilities and equipment.

Where is it?

Kidsgrove, Staffordshire
More info: ski-kidgrove.co.uk

Is it open?

Reopening date to be announced, a statement reveals it won’t open before September at the earliest.

Go Ski Go Board + Snowsports England

This campaign from Snowsport England encourages people to learn to ski and snowboard in the UK. Visit the campaign's website for advice and information on how to find your nearest slope and how to organise beginner lessons or taster sessions. For a full list of dry slopes and indoor centres in England visit Snowsports England's dedicated website, which has all the latest updates regarding reopening.