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About The Snow Centre

We’ve created a wide range of Ski and Snowboard Lessons and Lift Passes, making sure there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for new freestyle features each week, just beginning your Snowsports journey or simply want to have a whizz down our fun Ringo Slide, you’ll find it at The Snow Centre.

During your session feel free to visit our Schuss Bar on the slope, where you can help yourself to FREE tea & coffee. Available 7 days a week.

Off the slope join us in our alpine themed restaurant on the 2nd floor - The Lodge Bar & Kitchen which offers panoramic views over the slope and an all new menu combined with traditional favourites and delicious alpine dishes too. It’s also a great place to come and enjoy live Sky Sports on one of our many big-screen TVs. Or grab a quick bite to eat and a coffee at The Drop In Coffee Shop on the Ground Floor.

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Snowsports School

Our Snowsports School is unlike any other training facility in this country. Once only found in specialist centres in the Alps, the most effective instruction and coaching philosophies are now available right here in the UK.

Whether you’re a complete novice, a seasoned expert or anything in between, the ski and snowbaord courses running at our Snowsports School offer a wide and inclusive range of courses designed for you. We also provide elite competition level instruction and instructor education. All taught by our seasoned, experienced professionals.

Pete ‘Silver’ Gillespie, who heads up the Snowsports School has been a professional Snowsports instructor and  ski courses coach for more than 22 years. He says, ‘All our instructors are continually assessed and appraised to ensure we maintain the highest possible standards. Our lessons range from beginner classes for adults and children as young as four right up to courses for new instructors, private lessons and even video assessment.’

 

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Our Equipment

We offer top of the range ski and snowboard equipment from leading Snowsports brand HEAD - available to you at no extra cost. Several Gold medallists in the last winter Olympics used HEAD ski equipment, plus our partnership with HEAD means we’re giving you access to some of the newest equipment on the market.

The hire of our ski and snowboard equipment, including Skis, Snowboards, Boots, Poles and Helmets, is included within the price of your Lesson or Lift Pass.

For your own safety, a helmet is compulsory for all participants of lessons, freestyle activities, sledging and racing. Plus, all juniors (16 years and under) are required to wear a helmet.

Equipment

Ski/snowboard boots, skis and poles, snowboards, ringos and helmets are included in the price of your Lesson or Lift Pass. You'll be able to collect these from our rental area after you have checked in. It would be great if you could come prepared with your height, weight and shoe size details for your activity so our rental technicians can set up your equipment correctly. Bringing juniors along with you? Please make sure you know their details too.

Clothing

You will need to wear warm, waterproof clothing. Warm waterproof jackets and trousers can be hired at a cost of £8 – please book on-line, or ask at the Check-In desk on arrival.

Gloves & Socks

The wearing of gloves is an essential requirement for any snow activity and it is also advisable to wear long socks. Gloves (£10.00) and socks (£4) can be purchased on-line for collection at the time of your snow activity, or at the Check-In desk on arrival.

Helmets

You will be required to wear a helmet during your lesson. Again, this is included in the price of your lesson pass. Helmets can be found on the helmet rack by the door to the slope entrace.

Off the slopes you can enjoy our alpine themed restaurant

Offering panoramic views over the slope and an all new menu combined with traditional favourites and delicious alpine dishes too. It’s also a great place to come and enjoy live Sky Sports on one of our many big-screen TVs. Or grab a quick bite to eat and a coffee at The Drop In Coffee Shop on the Ground Floor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether it’s a question about making a booking, or before you leave for your first trip to us, you’ll find the answers here.

Is it real snow?

Yes! We have a number of snow cannons that are used to make the snow overnight. Our technical team make sure that the air temperature on the slope is always below zero to keep the snow in the best possible condition for your sessions. Find out more about how we make snow and the weather forecast here.

Is there an entry fee?

There is no entry fee to enter the building. You can watch friends and family from the warmth of The Lodge Bar and Kitchen. All Lesson prices include your Lift Pass.

How old do you have to be to come to The Snow Centre?

We offer ski and snowboard lessons from as young as 3 years old, with Group Lessons starting at the age of 4 years.

If you’d like to come along for a fun session on the snow, we offer Sledging Sessions from 4 years and upwards.

Can I use the slope if I’ve never skied or snowboarded before?

Safety of all our guests is always at the top of the agenda, and for that reason we insist on a beginner taking lessons before taking to the slope. For your own safety and for the safety of other slope users, guests purchasing a Lift Pass for the Main Slope must be able to meet our minimum standard of being able to control speed and direction, perform controlled linked turns and use the button lift unassisted.Anyone who cannot meet these standards must book a lesson with one of our instructors.

If you’d like to come along for a fun session on the snow, we offer Sledging Sessions from 4 years and upwards.

Can I teach my friend to ski or snowboard?

Safety of all our guests is always at the top of the agenda, and for that reason we cannot allow our guests to teach their friends & family on the slope. Our instructors have insurance to teach our guests and therefore we insist that beginners take lessons with one of our instructors before going on to the slope. For your own safety and for the safety of other slope users, guests purchasing a Lift Pass for the Main Slope must be able to meet our minimum standard of being able to control speed and direction, perform controlled linked turns and use the button lift unassisted. Anyone who does not meet these standards will need to book into a lesson, click here to find out more about our lessons.

What else is there to do other than skiing or snowboarding?

At The Snow Centre we offer a number of different activities other than Skiing and Snowboarding. Between April and October we offer 30 minute Sledging Sessions where anyone from 4 years and upwards can have a slide on the slope. We also offer Birthday Parties throughout the year to give your children an unforgettable birthday on the snow. Additionally The Lodge Bar & Kitchen is open every day where we serve a variety of food and drinks.

What do we need to wear?

The temperature is between -2 and -6 on the slope, so you need to ensure that you dress appropriately. Gloves are compulsory and we recommend wearing warm waterproof clothing and socks. Clothing items such as jeans are not recommended. If you don’t have any of these items you can hire a jacket and trousers from us for £8, purchase gloves for £10.00 and socks for £5.

What do we need to bring?

Upon completing your booking with The Snow Centre you will receive a booking confirmation email, which will include your booking reference number - please ensure you bring this number with you to speed up your check in, or beat the queues by using our fast track check in machines. If you are returning for another lesson please bring along your achievement card that you would have received after your previous lesson. We also recommend you wear warm waterproof clothing and thick socks, plus gloves are compulsory for all snow activities. Clothing can be hired for £8, gloves can be purchased for £10.00 and socks for £5.

Is equipment included?

Your lift or lesson pass includes the hire of skis, ski boots & poles or snowboard & snowboard boots plus helmets. Gloves are compulsory and we recommend that you wear warm clothing, however if you don’t own any of these items, clothing can be hired for £8, gloves can be purchased for £10 and socks for £5.

Can I stay on after my lesson?

If you have reached our minimum standard you will be able to purchase a Lift Pass after your lesson to continue your time on the main slope. However if you aren’t at the level you would need to book another lesson. Our minimum standard means that you can control speed and direction, link turns, stop when required and use the poma lift; this is what you will achieve after passing a level 5 lesson.

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The word from the slopes

  • “Love it here. Great slope and the staff are really friendly. Also love the Alpine bar and viewing area. So pleased to have it back.”

  • “Incredible welcome and help from the staff! First trip back since before lockdown and it was well worthwhile. Lovely welcome and talk through the new set up. Then my son had an issue with his own kit and the guys couldn’t have been more helpful - very kind and very knowledgeable. The snow as good as ever and the cafe a good finish to a great time. Thank you all!”

  • “The Hemel ski centre has a great atmosphere, the instructors are friendly and helpful, it’s just an all round really well run place”

  • “Had a great time at the snow centre, went once before lockdown and was good to be back. I had a one on one lesson which was good but went too quickly. I’ll try to book two lessons on the same day so I can keep up with progress. It was all well managed and seemed to have good Covid measures in place.”