Snow Seekers: Top 5 Places for Indoor Skiing and Snowboarding in the UK
The best things in life are frozen: ice cream, fish fingers and snowy slopes. Whizzing down a hillside with the promise of hot chocolate at the bottom is certainly worth the chill, and you don’t even have to jet all the way to the Alps to get a piece of the action. We’ve found our top picks for UK indoor skiing and indoor snowboarding right on your doorstep.
Crack out those salopettes and take a look at our top 5 indoor skiing and snowboarding centres in the UK - they put the bbrrr into brilliant!
SNO!zone, West YorkshireWith over 1,500 tonnes of real snow at SNO!zone, you could create an igloo the size of The Shard and still have some to spare! As it’s home to almost all the snow in West Yorkshire, all abilities are welcome for indoor skiing here; experts can zoom over jumps while beginners go slow on the nursery slopes. Your littluns in particular will have plenty to keep them from getting too chilly, like SnoAcademy Ski & Snowboard Club or Snoplay where they can make angels or even build a brand new pal.
Best for: Sledging! Do things the old-fashioned way or have a go at Yooner sledging. Even if you have no idea what ‘yooner’ means, know it’s one of the best spots for it in the UK.
Tamworth Snowdome, West MidlandsClimb to the tippy tops of the mountains at Tamworth Snowdome. The main slope is a massive 170 metres long - one of the longest in the UK - and the tried and tested team are ready to get the whole family up and off their bums! Once your skills are polished to a high gleam, have a go at all sorts of frosty fun like twirling your way around an ice rink or flying at full speed on the tubing slide. Knees may be knocking at the top but expect big grins on the way down.
Best for: Letting loose in the Snowplay area. Kids will dash straight there for a giant snowball fight with real snow, almost unheard of in the West Midlands!
Snow Factor Braehead, Ayrshire and ArranSnow Factor Braehead is open 354 days a year, so spend at least a few of those going pro. Get your skills up to snuff with family-friendly Saturday night sessions or on their dedicated sledging slope; that one doesn’t call for Olympic-level finesse though, just a need for speed. Bigger kids can then attempt the ultimate challenge: the ice wall. There’s a real sense of achievement once you reach the top and given it’s one of the few places in the UK where you can give it a go, it’s not to be missed.
Best for: Honing your skills. After-school clubs and Snow Factor Race Training will have kids raking in medals for Ayrshire and Arran in no time.
Chill Factore, Greater ManchesterKeep heart rates up in sub-zero temperatures at Chill Factore. As well as the old classics like indoor skiing and snowboarding, there’s loads of wild rides to try - plus it’s just off the Greater Manchester ring road, so easy to access. Have a go at the Downhill Donuts where you could team up or race for the top spot; then of course there’s Mini Moose Land where the tiniest of tots can explore an ice maze and run wild in the soft play area.
Best for: Plummeting down the Luge Slip ‘N’ Slide: one of the longest indoor slides in the UK.
The Snow Centre, HertfordshireThis glacial getaway has real snow conditions all year long so whatever weather Hertfordshire is serving outside, it’s always like Lapland at The Snow Centre. You could sign up for classes or grab a lift pass for all access skiing and indoor snowboarding - just don’t miss their Ringo Slide which will have you slipping, sliding and spinning right to the bottom of a custom-built slope. It’s a family favourite though so to avoid any sad faces, be sure to book in advance.
Best for: Their freestyle sessions, complete with snow kickers. For UK ski fans, snow kickers are enormous, half-pipe like hills and perfect for throwing a few shapes on.
Hopefully we’ve rounded up the best indoor skiing in the UK, but if you’re keen to give it a go and none of the above are near you, use the search bar on the home page or try one of the links below.