Where . . . Snowhall, Amneville, France

What . . . The first indoor ski slope in France, and one of the longest in the world, is Snowhall in Amneville. It stretches 620 metres long and 35 metres wide. The hall is packed with 60cm of real snow and maintained at a temperature of -2 degrees Celsius.

The slopes is divided into three parts: A-track, 100 metres long and 35 metres wide, is for children and beginners; A-zone is a sledging track for children under 12 years; and the main slope is 620 metres long and 35 metres wide and corresponds to a blue run (good beginners and intermediates).

Snowboarders and freeskiers can practice tricks on the bumps and rails of the snowpark. Both private and group lessons are available for all levels and ages. A wide range of ski gear and clothing is available to rent on site.

Snowhall is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Tuesdays-Saturdays) and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sundays); closed Monday (except holidays).

Non-Skiing Activities . . . Snowscooting (cross between mountain biking and snowboarding) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children under 12 years can also enjoy sledging.

Food/Shops . . The Brasserie and Le Chalet restaurants serve a good selection of a la carte meals. The Station bar offers a selection of drinks and snacks. Relax in front of the cozy fireplace in the lounge.

Prices . . . A two-hour ski pass costs from €15 adults and €11 children.