Giving kids a headstart before they hit the slopes for real can make all the difference, says Abi Butcher.

1/5 Snow factor, Glasgow

Snow Factor has the longest real indoor slope in the UK, and prides itself on being Scotland’s only year-round snowsport resort. There are two slopes – a dedicated instruction slope and a main 168m run with four lifts. Two-hour discover skiing and boarding sessions are offered for kids aged seven-plus, but the centre will start children aged three-plus with a private lesson. Snowboarding is allowed from the age of five upwards. Off the slopes there’s ice-climbing, an
ice slide, sledging, pop-up festive grotto and a Bavarian-themed restaurant and bar, as well as an ice bar and ‘bier halle’. Snow Factor offers disabled skiing along with freestyle and race coaching – don’t be surprised if you spot a few GB and World Cup stars training on the slope here.

Slopes open from 9am-10pm. From £25 for a one-hour ski lesson for children aged three-plus.