Winter sports fun is given by skiing! Yes, that’s right! Running is too cold, riding is too windy, playing in the snow is just right, bring your skis, go to the snow park and open a board, enjoy the joy of winter. But the UK doesn’t get a lot of snow. And everyone says want skiing has go to Scotland? In fact, there are plenty of indoor ski in the UK to choose from, so let’s check them out!
Have you been skiing in the UK this winter?
The Snow Centre
- Address: St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9NH
- Open: 7am – 9pm
Scotland is still too far for most of you, but there is a great indoor ski centre near London, The Snow Centre. This is the closest indoor real snow ski resort to London, with 160m of main pistes and ski lessons of varying difficulty levels for those interested.
However, because of its proximity to London, it is naturally quite crowded and can be booked in advance on the official website, where you can also check the real time numbers of the ski resort. It is recommended that you check the availability of the ski slopes on the day in advance before you go.
The Snow Centre has two runs, the main one being 160 metres long and 30 metres wide, which is more than enough for skiers to show off their skills, and for those who are new to skiing, there is also a professional training session available. Even if you’re not interested in putting on skis, you can still play on the tyre ski slopes here.
The Snow Centre also organises ski trips every year, so those who like skiing but can’t find an organisation can come here and go skiing on the snowy mountains with his top ski instructors. What’s even better is that they serve tea, coffee and all kinds of drinks, and they’re free! It’s great to have a hot drink after a good workout. The food is also cheap and very good value for money.
- Address: 7 Trafford Way, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester
- Open: 8am – 10pm
This is a ski resort in Manchester, so if you’re in the city, remember to go and experience it. It has the longest indoor ski slope in England at 180 metres. As well as skiing, there is also indoor rock climbing and a 60m long slide for a variety of sports.
There are all kinds of upgraded snow slides to sit on, to lie on and to fly over the snow on. There are also snow scooters, so you can ski as much as you like. In short, even if you don’t know how to ski, you can still have fun here.
+ Xscape Milton Keynes: 602 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3XS
+ Snozone Yorkshire: Colorado Way, Castleford WF10 4TA
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- Open: 9am – 10pm
This ski resort chain has indoor ski areas in Milton Keynes and Castleford, both of which have the same layout and ticket prices. The main ski slope is made of 1,500 tonnes of real snow and has 170 metres of slopes. They also offer skiing courses of varying difficulty. There are also short runs for beginners.
What makes this place special is that it has several cameras installed in various parts of the ski slope that intelligently capture footage of you skiing, and you can receive footage from the slope on your way home. If you want, can also ask the receptionist for a walkaround camera before you enter the slopes and put it on your hand to make your own ski vlog.
Scotland doesn’t just have outdoor skiing, it also has indoor skiing. It’s the largest indoor ski in the UK, and it’s the only real snow ski area in Scotland!
The main ski slope is 200 metres long. There are also snow slides and snowboards, so it’s more like a big amusement park. As well as skiing, you can also ice climb here. The world’s largest indoor ice climbing wall is here! It’s really superb!
The Ice Bar has a capacity of 25 people and everything inside is made of ice – ice walls, ice chairs, ice tables and even ice glasses. After skiing, you can go in and have a drink, wrap up in a big cotton jacket and bounce around in an Eskimo nightclub.
Ski safety tips
Prepare for skiing
Although skiing is a costly sport, if you have the chance, you can really try it out. Snow parks have equipment for rent, so if you just want to relax and experience it, go to a venue and rent a set of equipment to enjoy the fun of skiing.
The first thing to do is to check the safety features of the skis, double check that there are no loose screws and that there are no cracks on the skis to ensure we ski safely.
Important equipment for skiing
1. Helmets and protective gear
Apart from the necessary snowshoes, snowboards and walking poles, the most important part of skiing is the helmet. The weight of a person, combined with inertia, puts the safety of the head at risk if he or she falls against the side rails.
Knee pads, hip pads and armour should also be worn according to the actual situation, to protect yourself in all aspects.
2. Ski goggles
Goggles are essential when skiing outdoors. Although there is no sunlight reflecting off indoor ski slopes, it is important to wear goggles. The cold wind can be very irritating to the eyes when skiing and you need a pair of glasses to protect your eyes. Skiers who wear glasses should choose goggles with a thicker frame to cover all their eyes.
3. Ski clothing
Generally speaking, ski clothing should be a large size. If the size is small, it is likely that the limbs will be restricted and the movement will be distorted due to the snow suit. The cuffs and trousers should be narrowed and have adjustable elasticity to prevent snow ingress, and the collar should have an upright high neck opening to prevent cold air from entering. If you are afraid of the cold you can choose thicker mid-layer fleece and thermal underwear. It is recommended that you do not wear too many layers of clothing, as wearing too bulky clothing can affect your skiing.
Prefer quick-drying and warm materials for your clothing, which can be steamed dry by body heat as soon as possible after sweating. Try to keep your clothes as dry as possible when skiing, wet clothes will make your body colder.
Waterproof gloves are a prime consideration. Some gloves allow the fingertips of the index finger to touch the screen of your mobile phone, which is a benefit for those who often pull out their phones to take photos.
1. Usually the temperature at indoor ski resorts is around – 2-6 degrees Celsius, it is recommended to wear thick socks and waterproof clothes to protect the parts that are prone to frostbite.
2. skiing on the piste try to avoid other skiers, keep a relative distance, leave yourself and others to adjust the distance to avoid collisions cause injury. To avoid skiers in front of you, it is best not to pass by others at high speed when overtaking.
3. If you fall, or want to rest, be sure to ski to the sides of the piste as soon as possible to rest, it is strictly forbidden to stay in the middle of the piste.
4. When you feel that your body has lost its balance, you should fall backwards, slide naturally with the slope and wait to stop slowly. There are three “don’ts” when you fall: don’t use your hands to support yourself, don’t move your arms and legs around, and don’t roll your body over.
Skiing is a seasonal sport, so when winter comes, it’s good fun for skiers! Grab your skiing gear and hit the slopes!
Sport, a most worthwhile investment; although skiing is a costly sport, the sport itself is unspeakably rewarding and may I hope that all interested partners will give the sport a go. I hope to meet you on the snow this winter in ski in the UK, let’s snowball together to the end!