Where . . . Southampton Alpine Centre, Bassett, Southampton

What . . . There are three nylon bristle slopes measuring 110 metres, 90 metres, and 30 metres in length, served by two Poma draglifts.

Recreational skiing and snowboarding is available as long as you have good control, can turn, stop, and use lifts. There are also a range of ski/snowboard taster days, courses, and training for all levels.

Ringo sessions take place on the 90-metre slope. Ringos are large inflatable rings (similar to snowtubing, but on a dry slope) and are particularly popular with youngsters aged 6 and above. Children of all ages are well catered for with summer camps and races.

The latest skiing, snowboarding, and snowblading equipment is available for hire and included in the cost of the lessons.

The centre is open seven days a week from 9-10 a.m. to 6-10 p.m.

Other amenities . . . Gear hire shop and drinks and snacks in the main lodge.

Price . . . 1.5 hours of recreational skiing/snowboarding costs £7.50 adults (£10 with hire) and £5 children (£7.50 with hire).  

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