Where . . . Snowtropolis, Senftenberg, Germany

What . . . Snowtropolis is a year-round snow hall with a 130-metre-long slope open to all levels. The slope has a 25-degree gradient and is accessed via a draglift and conveyer belt. It features gentle beginner areas and obstacles for freestylers. There are also bare slopes for beginners. Experienced skiers and snowboarders can practise on the jumps, kickers, and rails.

The ski school teaches in groups of eight skiers/boarders of the same level. Private lessons are also available for individuals, families, and small groups.

Ski rental is available onsite, like skis, boards, boots, and snow clothing; thermal gloves are mandatory. There's also a service station to repair and sharpen ages on boards and skis.

From March to October, the ski hall is open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. During winter it opens 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Non-Skiiing Activities . . . sledding, bowling, spa, ice skating, badminton, volleyball, bicycles, and tennis.

Food/Shops . . . The Snowtropolis Bar serves drinks and meals above the slope; sit looking out through the 36-metre-wide and five-metre-high glass window. Onsite accommodation is also available in 22 stylish chalets.

Price . . . A one-hour lift pass costs €7-10 adults; €5-8 children.