The Best Family-Friendly Ski Centres Around The UK


Throw your waterproofs and ski kit on and get ready to hit the slopes, whether you and your children are complete beginners or seasoned pros.

There are so many great ski centres up and down the country to try out, so you’ll be sure to find one to visit this winter. Discover our range of children’s ski wear, perfect for the slopes.

1) The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

The closest real snow to London, the Snow Centre is designed to deliver the alpine conditions every skier and snowboarder dreams of. This snow sports destination has the largest indoor learner slope as well as an enormous 160m main slope.

2) Alpine Snowsports Centre, Aldershot, Hampshire

Whether snowboarding or skiing, the Alpine Snowsports centre is perfect both for new and experienced skiers and snowboarders. Many famous names have hit the slopes here including Olympic and World Cup racer Chemmy Alcott.

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3) Bowles Skiing & Snowboarding venue, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

At Bowles you can book a private ski lesson or group session at their striking venue. The lessons are a convenient and inexpensive way to learn the basics of skiing or snowboarding, to suit all standards of visitors.

4) Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

The centre offers an extensive range of facilities and courses ranging from a nursery slope to recreational skiing/boarding. Take along your friends for a diverse afternoon or evening on the slopes.

5) Glenshee Ski Centre, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Head to Gleenshee for the some of the most diverse skiing and snowboarding facilities in the UK. There’s an extensive 22 lifts and 36 runs, set in stunning natural terrain. There is something for all abilities so there’s no excuse not to go!

6) Nevis Range, Fort William, Scotland

Scotland’s only mountain gondola whisks you up to the ski resort from the car park. This is the place to visit for all levels – the beginner area has a selection of easy green and blue runs to develop your skills on; there are also black and red runs including off-piste black runs for the more advanced.

7) Snow Factor, Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow is the home of the UK’s largest indoor ski centre, offering taster sessions for beginners. Since opening our doors, Snow Factor has taught over half a million people to ski and snowboard.

8) Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh’s Snowsports Centre caters for both juniors and adults, and not only do they have ski and snowboarding schools for all age groups – they also offer tubing which makes for great fun for all the family!

9) Mendip Activity Centre, Churchill, Somerset

A teaching slope is available for novice skiers and snowboarders – alternatively if you are more experienced, a 165m slope is at your disposal.

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10) Snowdome, Tamworth, Staffordshire

An ideal place to take the family if you are based in the midlands, whether you want to go for some recreational skiing/boarding or learn by taking lessons. Alternatively for more snow fun take a ride in a toboggan. Enjoy 30 minutes of tobogganing on real snow, in steerable toboggans exclusive to the Snowdome.

11) Ski and Snowboard Centre, Cardiff, Wales

Their main area of expertise is sharing their passion for skiing and snowboarding through introducing others to snow sports. Choice of recreational skiing and private lessons for individuals or groups are also available at this destination, a definite good choice for any snow sports enthusiast local to Cardiff!

12) Norfolk Snowsports Club, Norwich, Norfolk

If you are looking for long term plans to improve your children’s skills, then joining the junior club is a great way for children between 6-11 years on Saturday mornings to attend, to enjoy fun activities for improving technique and agility.

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13) Chill Factore, Manchester

For an Alpine Adventure there are so many cool activities at Chill Factore – release the big kid in you by taking a visit. Located just 4 miles from the city centre, enjoy the 180m real snow slope for guaranteed fun for all the family.

14) Xscape Snozone, Leeds (Castleford)

Snozone is the UK’s leading snow centre for indoor skiing and snowboarding on real snow. It’s the perfect place for a family adventure this winter. They have a wide range of activities both for beginners and experienced skiers.

15) Xscape Snozone, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Visit the exhilarating indoor real snow slopes at Milton Keynes for a range of fun family activities such as sledging and ice skating. If you are local to one of these great venues this is the place to visit, beginners are also welcomed warmly here so there is no excuse!