Where . . . Alpincenter Bottrop, Germany

What . . . The main slope is 640 metres long and 30 metres wide. Real snow is created at mild temperature of -1 degrees Celsius. The easy funpark features plenty of obstacles to practise freestyle tricks, like kickers and boxes.

The ski school offers lessons for all levels including intensive private courses or group sessions. Telemark courses are also available. A range of ski gear and clothes is available to rent in all sizes (€5 skis/snowboard and boots).

Alpincenter Bottrop is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Non-Skiing Activities . . . Rope climbing, surfing The Wave in the 15-foot pool, paintballing, indoor skydiving, mountain biking, and an 80-metre-long summer toboggan run.

Food/Shops . . . The Intersport shop sells the latest ski and snowboard fashion and gear. There is a wide choice of bars and eateries onsite as well as the Van der Valk hotel.

Prices . . . All-inclusive tickets are available from €37.50 adults and €25 children with ski pass, meals, ski equipment rental, food, beverages, and a ride on the toboggan run.