If Scotland's biggest city isn't the first destination that pops into your head when planning an exciting skiing trip, then think again. You don't need to head for the hills for skiing Glasgow if you're a city dweller, as there is a surprisingly good choice of skiing facilities available right on your doorstep. In fact, a real snow covered slope can be easily found just off the M8 at Snow Factor, an indoor leisure complex that is proud to be Scotland's only real indoor snow slope. There are plenty of fun filled activities here for both big kids and little kids to try, including skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing, and youngsters can experience the fun of real snow with a sledging session or a thrilling ride down the 30 metre ice slide.
If you prefer a warmer and dryer skiing experience, then a dry ski slope can be a more suitable alternative. Try treating the kids to a few skiing lessons at Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre, which provides four dry ski slopes for practise runs and ski lessons and is just a few minutes south of Glasgow city centre. As well as offering a great choice of snowsports, like tubing, tobogganing and snowboarding, you can also celebrate a special event by booking the clubhouse. For a unique surprise you can even invite friends to the centre's Hobbit House for a special birthday party! Of course, the centre is ideal for more experienced skiers too, so if you fancy perfecting your ski racing skills, try one of the Thursday race training sessions.
Are you serious about skiing and want to take your skills to the next level? Just 23 minutes drive northwest of the city centre leads to Bearsden Ski and Board Club, which provides training programmes for adults and children from the age of four. As well as hosting national competitions and training world class skiers, the centre offers superb facilities, including equipment hire and an advanced freestyle slope. You can try out the quarterpipe, test the rails and perfect your racing skills all with the help of qualified instructors and then put your feet up at the Igloo Cafe whilst tucking into the all day breakfast.
Venture further south of Glasgow centre and you can get access to a whole range of dry slope activities at Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex. Kids and adults can learn to perfect their skills on this dry ski slope complex, which includes a 35 metre beginners slope and 110 metre slope for advanced skiers. Book a scheduled ski lesson or join a group session to learn how to plough and turn safely on the slopes. Children are also welcome to spend their birthday party at the centre's Party Hut and can spend an extended stay at the Holiday Camp in the school holidays.