If the winter blues are getting to you, why not make the most of the bad weather with a UK ski weekend? With Christmas and New Year over and summer a long way off, beat the blues with a few days away to make the most of the snow. Skiing in the UK is much more affordable than going abroad; you won’t need a pricy lift pass, just warm clothes and a good pair of gloves.
We’ve run down the best places in the UK for a ski break, whether it’s snowing outside or not!
The minute you set foot inside the Snowdome in Tamworth, you feel like you’ve been whisked away to the Alps, not the Midlands. You’ll find real snow throughout the year - perfect for skiing, snowboarding or just snowball fights. There’s a 170-metre track, which is challenging enough for winter sports enthusiasts, but not unassailable to first-timers. For newbies, there’s a one-day course to get you up on your skis or board and if you’re on holiday with the family, there’s tobogganing, adrenaline tubing and a snow play area for the little ones. You’ll end the day exhausted, but happy.
For year-round skiing in the great outdoors, the dry slope at Churchill, just outside of Bristol, is ideal. There’s a 165-metre track with enough jumps and twists for old hands, but nothing that will prevent those clipping on skis for the first time from giving it a go. Once you’re tired of skiing, there is plenty more to entertain you during your holiday in Somerset, from cheese-tasting in Cheddar to exploring the cool city of Bristol. If you’re looking for holiday accommodation, Sykes Cottages, the UK's largest independent cottage agency has a great selection of holiday cottages across the UK, perfect for a winter break.
For a real taste of an Alpine holiday in the UK, try the Chill Factore in Manchester, where you can snowboard and ski on 180 metres of real snow. If you’re a fan of the Winter Olympics and something of a daredevil, there is an icy luge to slide down with nothing but a board beneath you. For kids of all ages, there is plenty to do besides the traditional winter sports; have a go at extreme sledging, where you reach speeds of up to 30mph in a Zorb, or plunge yourself head first down the snow on an Air Board.
Xscape in Milton Keynes boasts an impressive 170-metre ski slope with over 1700 tonnes of snow, so that you can enjoy a winter wonderland experience, without having to fly. The professionals at Xscape offer snowboarding and ski lessons for all ages and capabilities, so no one is left out. With shops on site and a bar that overlooks the real ski slopes, everyone is catered for at Snowdome’s Milton Keynes attraction.
So, why not make the most of the snow with a ski holiday in the UK? Not only does it give you time to practise, it also saves you money and you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time. So, grab your gloves and have a great holiday!