Where . . . Runcorn Ski Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire

What . . . The Runcorn Ski Centre is situated in 800 acres of landscaped park. There are three dry ski slopes: an 85-metre main slope; 45-metre extended nursery slope; and 25-metre nursery slope.

The main slope is open each day for recreational skiing and snowbording sessions. In order to qualify for recreational use of the slope, you must be able to stop, link turns, and use the lift. Beginners will need to book some lessons with the ski school first.

Runcorn Ski Centre offers both group and individual lessons from ages 4 and upwards on the nursery slopes. Lessons last 50-55 minutes. There is a maximum of 10 people per instructor. The snowboard school runs Saturday, Sunday,Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons.

Individual snowtube sessions and snowtube parties are also available.

The centre is open every day except Christmas Day: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at weekends.

Other Amenities . . . The ski shop stocks a range of ski and snowboarding gear. There's a free children's play area the Halton Minature Railway near the slopes.

Price . . . £9.50-£12.50 per session for recreational skiing/snowboarding

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