Snow Factor in Glasgow brings the outdoors indoors. Its giant freezer holds 1500 tonnes of real snow and the longest indoor slope in the UK. As well as ski and snowboard facilities, there's sledging for the little ones (and big ones who are so inclined) and, opening this winter, an ice luge and ice climbing wall, bringing new meaning to the word 'cool'.
The Lake District's only dry ski slope is located in Kendal and is open year-round offering ski and snowboard classes and recreational sessions. For the adrenalin junkies there are mogul runs to navigate and there's plenty of space for practicing tricks on the quarter pipe, kickers and jumps. For something a bit different, try careering down the slope in a tube! The slope is a stone's throw from the station and classes are open to anyone. What are you waiting for?
Thrill seekers will love Manchester's Chill Factore. As well as taking to the snowy slopes on skis or a board, visitors can also hurl themselves down a 60 metre luge ice slide or enjoy the thrill of tubing. There's also a winter wonderland play area for youngsters, and if all of that isn't enough, those with a head for heights can take on the 12 metre climbing wall…
Carlisle Snowsports Club is perfect for the tricksters out there. If moguls and waves are your bag, then how about testing yourself on the kickers, wall ride, log rail, hip jump, quarter pipe and more? For the more sedate skier there's plenty of excitement to be had on the main slope where freestyle sessions take place or lessons can be arranged.
There's no need to wait for snow at Whickham Thorns in Gateshead where the dry slope is primed and ready. Clip on those skis, strap on a board or jump in a sledge or tube and get moving. Join a class and brush up on those downhill moves or strut your stuff in a drop-in session.
Xscape near Leeds is home to SNO!zone, a bona fide indoor snow slope which boasts over 1700 tonnes of the white stuff to hurtle down. There's a beginners slope for those in need of a lesson or two before hitting the big one - all 170 metres of it - and sledging and ice sliding for fun-seekers. There's even toddler tobogganing for younger enthusiasts, proving it's never too early to start on the snow.