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  • Looking up the dry ski slope at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre
    Aberdeen Snowsports Centre
  • Family stop for a rest at the top of the indoor slope at Snow Factor at Xscape Braehead, Glasgow
    Family at Snow Factor, Glasgow

The experience of skiing or snowboarding down Scotland’s mountains at one of five ski centres will certainly live long in the memory, but thanks to dry ski slopes and indoor skiing, it doesn’t actually have to be winter to enjoy great snowsports in Scotland! Get some pre ski season practice and brush up on your skills on these year-round slopes.

Indoor skiing

The beauty of Snow Factor in Braehead, Glasgow is that there's no need to get up early and check the weather because real fresh snow is available all year round. Fancy perfecting that parallel turn in July or mastering the snow plow in September? If so, Snow Factor is the place for you.

Every day, the fantastic 200 m indoor slope is covered with 1,700 tonnes of fresh powdery snow, so hire a snowboard board or skis or simply bring your own. If you’re looking to improve your skills in time for the new season there is advanced coaching available and if you’re a novice, there are lessons available on the separate beginners slope.

Make a day of it at Snow Factor at intu Braehead where you will find many more exciting activities including adventure golf, rock climbing, bowling and laser games alongside a 12 screen cinema, restaurants and cafés.

Dry ski slopes

There are also number of excellent outdoor dry ski slopes that are spread right throughout Scotland. Near Edinburgh you'll find Midlothian Snowsports Centre in the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, which is home to the longest dry ski slope in Europe and has been the training location of 29 Olympians. Take the chairlift to the top and put your skills to the test or receive invaluable coaching from one of the knowledgeable instructors. Other dry ski slopes include Insh Hall Ski School near Kincraig, Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex in Ayrshire and Bearsden Ski and Snowboard Club in East Dunbartonshire.