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, which is located in Soar at intu Braehead near, Glasgow is that there's no need to get up early and check the weather. Why? 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 snowbarod 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.

Dry ski slopes

There are also a number of excellent outdoor dry ski slopes that are spread right throughout Scotland: