Where . . . Ice Mountain, Komen, Belgium

What . . . Ice Mountain is Belgium's largest indoor snow centre. The main run is 210 metres long and 30 metres wide with a drag elevator on each side. The smaller slope, for children and beginners, is 85 by 30 metres, and is accessed by a draglift.

The whole area is covered in a layer of real snow measuring 40-60cm thick. The temperature is at a constant -6 degrees Celsius. A good range of ski gear and clothes are available to rent on site.

Private ski lessons are available at €43 adults and €37 children (under 12 years). Initiation classes are cheaper at €24 per adult per hour. The ski school also offers group lessons at €19 per child. The Freestyle Snowboard Club offers courses on how to conquer slides, rails, and boxes.

Non-Skiing Activities . . . Paintballing

Food/Shops . . . There are two restaurants to choose from on site, the largest of which looks out over slopes.

Prices . . . An hour's ski pass is €14 adults, €11.50 children, and €12.50 students.