You've bought the kit; you've booked your holiday - so what next?
There is no doubt that spending a few hours getting acquainted with the basics of skiing or boarding before you leave will give you a head start for when you finally hit the slopes! While there's still nothing quite like the 'real thing', the UK has a variety of locations offering some serious slope time for beginners, improvers and freestylers alike.
Gone are the days of the stereotypical plastic dry ski slopes - artificial slopes now range from high-tech, lubricated surfaces made from plastic bristles (a bit like fake grass used in garden centres) to synthetic 'real snow' in indoor complexes.
The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead
If you're a complete beginner it's well worth investing in a couple of lessons before you go to teach you basic technique, snow sports etiquette and just give you a little confidence for day one of your holiday.
All locations have facilities to hire equipment, and often sell or hire clothing as well - just make sure you take thick socks and a pair of good gloves along with you. Session costs will vary depending on the size of the facilities but many are also open in the evenings, allowing you to pop down after work for a quick fix!
Check out local listings for artificial dry slopes and indoor snow slopes
Top UK Snow Domes
Snozone are the UK’s leading snow centres for indoor skiing and snowboarding on real snow.
Snozone Xscape Castleford, Colorado Way, Glasshoughton, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4TA
T: (+44) 0333 0030 520
With two indoor snow centres, located in Milton Keynes and Castleford, offer skiers and snowboarders an authentic slope experience.
Snozone Xscape, 602 Marlborough Gate Central, Milton Keynes, MK9 3XS
T: (+44) 0333 0030 520
Snow Factor is the perfect place to learn how to Ski or Snowboard. Our guaranteed snow conditions mean you can learn anytime!
Soar INTU Braehead, Kings Inch Road, Braehead, Glasgow PA4 8XQ
T: (+44) 0871 222 5672
Private Ski Lessons, Group Ski Lessons or Lift Passes they've got everything you need to get the most out of your snow time.
St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 9NH
T: (+44) 0344 770 7227
There's something for everyone, from speeding toboggans to fun swim sessions and ski and snowboard lessons to name but a few!
Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7ND
T: (+44) 08448 000011
They'll help you find your snow legs with tasters through to intermediate lessons and equipment is free – there’s no excuse!
Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester M41 7JA
T: (+44) 0161 749 2222
Top UK Dry Ski Slopes
Everyone is welcome at Snowtrax, from those wishing to improve their skiing skills to the outright novice looking for ski or snowboard lessons.
Matchams Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6AW
T: (+44) 01202 499155
Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre
Whether skiing or snowboarding, new to the sport or with many years experience, we have the facilities to get you prepared.
198 Fairwater Road, Fairwater, Cardiff CF5 3JR
T: (+44) 029 205 617 93
Offering a range of board and ski lessons for all ages from beginner to advanced. There are various options for learning or developing your skills.
Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall, Lancashire BB4 8RR
T: (+44) 01706 226457
Suffolk Ski Centre
At Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich, there is so much fun to be had with great confidence building activities that develops the mind as well as the body of children and adults alike.
Bourne Hill, Wherstead, Ipswich IP2 8NQ
T: (+44) 01473 602347
Llandudno Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre
Home to the longest toboggan run in Britain and a scenic PermaSnow ski slope. Offering skiing, snowboarding, toboggan & sno-tubing with a fully licensed Alpine Lodge Bar & Restaurant.
John Nike Leisuresport Complex, Great Orme, Llandudno LL30 2QL
T: (+44) 01492 874707
Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre
Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre’s slopes cater for all levels of skier, snowboarder. They are the venue for year round snowsports. And when it rains or snows, things just get ever better and faster!
Matson Lane, Robinswood Hill, Gloucester GL4 6EA
T: (+44) 01452 501438
Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre
Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre are a large leisure facility & dry ski slope. Our group lesson timetable enables you to progress through our structured skill level system with other participants of the same ability.
Plymouth Ski Centre, Alpine Park, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 8LW
T: (+44) 01752 600220
Norfolk Snowsports Club
Founded in 1972 and has grown over the years to become one of the largest member run ski and snowboard clubs in the country.
Norfolk Snowsports Club, Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8TW
T: (+44) 01603 662781