Where . . . Bowles Outdoor Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

What . . . Bowles has two dry ski slopes: a 45-metre nursery slope made of soft Snowflex and a 76-metre main slope made of dendix for more advanced learners.

Both slopes are floodlit, allowing sessions to run into the evening. They also have variable speed button tow lifts and water spray systems for smooth skiing whatever the weather.

The dry slope also hosts events for the Bowles Ski Racing Club and the Kent, the Sussex Ski Club, and Disability Snowsport UK.

Open slope sessions take place between October and end of April each year (see Web site for times). A range of courses, lessons (private and group), and clubs are available including a kids' club and race club. Equipment hire is included in the cost of courses, lessons, and open slope sessions.

Other amenities . . . A heated indoor pool with a moving water jet to simulate white water canoeing, three rope climbing courses, and a huge range of problem solving and team building activites. There's also a games room, shop, cabin selling drinks, dining hall, and onsite lodge accommodation.

Prices . . . Open sessions cost £8 per hour; £7 for under 16s.

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