This indoor ski centre is the closest real snow option to the centre of London and about as near to a resort experience as it comes right down to having lift passes and sledging.
Group lessons for kids start at age four and there’s private snowboarding and ski tuition for over seven's. Adult beginners can book a FastTrack course or family classes and the centre specialises in Learn Before You Go packages for holiday first timers and improvers – if you’re not sure about your ability, look at their online Level Checker.
When: Opening times vary, check online for specific dates.
Where: Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead. Five minutes from junction eight on the M1 and 30 minutes by train from Euston to Hemel Hempstead Station.
Price: Two hour adult beginner’s lesson from £38.40