Did you know that the UK has loads of great places to ski? Yes, that’s right. We’ve got slopes on snow-capped mountains and runs on perilous peaks right here in the UK. So, grab your skis and embrace your inner ‘Eddie the Eagle’ at one of these great slopes this winter.
In the Eastern Cairngorms (Scotland’s largest National Park) The Lecht activity centre is ideal for keen snow-sport enthusiasts. The Cairngorms is known for having the most diverse selection of ice age glaciers and granite tors this side of the arctic; you will never be short of a breathtaking vista. And with 12 different lifts available, you’ll spend more time sliding down slopes than waiting in boring queues.
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Who needs mountainous Montgenevre when you can visit marvellous Manchester? Work on your ‘angulation’ and ‘double poling’ whilst gliding down the UK’s longest indoor ski slope at Chill Factore. Make the most of the on-hand specialist coaching or simply work on your freestyle. Once you’ve had your adrenaline-hit, take a stroll down Alpine Street (the centre’s very own commercial village) and pick up some ski-themed swag or book a trip to experience the real thing.
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Close to Ben Nevis, the Nevis Range is the highest mountain in the whole of the British Isles and is an unbelievable setting for some alpine adventure. Catch Scotland’s only mountain Gondola from base camp and you’ll be at 650m in little over 10 minutes. Savour the unforgettable panoramic views of the stunning Highlands as you’re whisked up the precipice.
If you’re a beginner, stick to the green and blue runs, but those confident on their skis should look out for the off-piste red and black courses.
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Located in Milton Keynes’ busy Xscape centre, Snozone is one of the most established indoor skiing venues in the country. It’s perfect for practicing or trying new winter sports and is brilliant for family days out – you’ll have a ball at the ‘snow play’ sessions!l. And with experienced staff always on site to lend a hand, it’s one of the best places to get taste for the white stuff without having to leave the UK.
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Northumberland’s only authentic snow skiing and boarding club, Ski-Allenheads, is just a ski-jump away from the village of Allenheads. Every November the tows are erected in anticipation of the wintery weather. Don’t come to Allenheads expecting an alpine village full of designer clothing outlets and a chain cafés though as the club is run entirely by volunteers. Surf your way to their site for info about how to become a club member.
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For the last two decades Midlanders have been able to get their dose of ski-action at Tamworth’s impressive Snow Dome, just off the A5. When it was built in 1994 the indoor slope was biggest in the UK and to this day it remains one of the most popular year-round places to ski in the country.
If you’re always the first to dig out the sleigh after a heavy downpour of snow, at Snow Dome, you can go tobogganing with the whole family for 30 minutes whatever the weather.
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Every year thrill-seekers from far and wide visit the resort to ski, snowboard, sledge and hill-hike, or to simply take in the spectacular sights. Talking of impressive views, the Glencoe chairlifts are set to reopen in December after some major refurbishments, so you’ll be able to marvel at the scenery as you scale up the slopes. Exciting news too for those who’re more interested in going down the slope rather than up.
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In 2003, West Yorkshire got its own Xscape and a second UK Snozone for budding winter sports fanatics. They claim to have taught over 1.5 million people the ropes so, if you want to give it a go, there are few better places to learn the basics and beyond. Don’t worry about kit, Snozone will provide all that with the ticket price.
When you’re done you can try 4D golf, check out the trampoline park or even catch the latest flick at Cineworld without even having to leave the facility.
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High up in the North Pennines, only 20 miles west of Durham, you’ll find the Weardale ski club. The club is run by a collection of loyal volunteers and its origins go back half a century. The north facing natural basin maintains perfect skiing conditions throughout the entire winter. So when it snows, the locals with a penchant for winter sports will be rubbing their hands in delight.
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Scotland’s only indoor real snow slope, Snow Factor, is open seven days a week, 364 days a year. So even if the sun is shining outside, it won’t stop you skiing in Glasgow. Afterwards, enjoy a meal at the family-friendly Bavarian themed restaurant with panoramic views of the busy slope.
From the end of November Father Christmas himself, along with his elves, will be taking up residency in a specially built grotto on the slope. Why not hand your Christmas list to Santa personally this year?
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The CairnGorm Ski Area is in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, close to the second highest mountain in Britain, Ben Macdui. It’s invigorating pistes and magnificent views have made it one of Scotland’s major snowsport destinations. There are 30km of ski runs, 11 lifts to take you back up the mountain and even a freestyle park for beginners.
CairnGorm Mountain is also home to the country’s only funicular railway, so enjoy your ride to the Top Station which stands over 3,500 feet above sea level.
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The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead covers a wide range of ski and snowboarding activities to suit every snowsport enthusiast. Whether you’re a veteran and just want somewhere to whizz down the slopes on a weekend or an alpine rookie looking to practise on some real snow, slalom down to London’s closest facility. After you’ve worked up an appetite, sample the ultimate alpine dining experience at The Lodge. Surrounded by the glistening snow and the burning log fires it will feel more like you’re in the French Alpes than Hertfordshire.
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The origins of the Glenshee Winter Sports Area go back to a group of skiing enthusiasts who wanted somewhere local to practice. Since then, Glenshee has gone on to host the British and Scottish Championships for snowboarding as well as skiing. The alpine course is known world-wide for the exhilarating Glas Maol descent and daunting Mogul Strewn Tiger. Now a popular centre all year round, Glenshee also offers activities such as mountain biking and hiking in the summer months.
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The Lake District Ski Club is situated on tip of one of the country’s highest peaks, Raise. This course is not for fair-weather skiers, so appropriate mountain equipment is essential. Getting to Raise involves a steep climb, even for reasonably fit hikers. Once you’ve reached the club there are nine different pistes to try with the longest being almost a mile long.
Think you have what it takes to master the slopes at Raise? Find out more about becoming a member on their site.
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Yad Moss ski facility is only a few miles northwest of Burnhope Seat, close to the pretty market towns of Alston and Stanhope. ust off the B6277, Yad Moss is extremely popular with skilled snowboarders and accomplished skiers due to its accessibility. After snowy weather, the slopes are bursting with life and, once you experience the wide-open pistes of the Pennine Mountain, you’ll want to come back time and time again.
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