Whether you're an experienced skier and snowboarder or a total novice, you will find somewhere in or near London to go and practice. Skiing and snowboarding holidays are great family experiences and whether you need a practice or a refresher course before you go, there will be something here just right for you. Skiing and snowboarding centres, however, are about more than just skiing and snowboarding: they are a fun way to have a great day out with family and friends all year round. They are also the ideal way to celebrate a birthday or group occasion, such as hen and stag parties. The three centres below are close to central London, but a quick online search will discover many more less than an hour's drive away.
Situated towards Heathrow Airport is The Brentwood Ski Centre, set in 54 acres of woodland. This well-established ski school is one of the largest in the South-East. Whether you're a complete beginner or want to brush up your racing skills, you will find the perfect slopes here. Experienced skiers and boarders are welcome to turn up and use the slopes seven days a week. If you'd like to book a one-off lesson or a course, just phone or email to make a booking. Find all the details on their website . When you have finished skiing and snowboarding, have fun on the go-kart track or golf driving range and dine in the Chinese buffet restaurant.
The Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre is set in the Capstone Country Park, just into Kent, and boasts the longest artificial ski slope in the South-East and the longest toboggan run in the country - The Cresta Run. If you want even more excitement, have a go at sno-tubing, great fun for anyone over the age of four. The centre also has a very active Ski and Snowboard Club, where members can meet new friends and enjoy social activities. The Alpine Lodge, with good views of the park, is a great place to dine with family and friends or book for special occasions. Discover everything they have to offer at their website.
Spend a whole day enjoying The Snow Centre, located in Hemel Hempstead, just a short drive away up the M1. N new freestyle park is designed here each week so you never get bored. The Snow Centre, which is open seven days a week, creates a real taste of Switzerland for you in its Alpine-themed restaurant, The Lodge Bar & Kitchen. Keep an eye on the slopes, while enjoying the tasty menu, which combines traditional favourites with Alpine dishes. When you've finished skiing or snowboarding for the day, chill out in the Café Bar, while watching live sports on large screens. Check out their website at to find out about special offers and events.