If you’ve driven past Xscape near the centre of Castleford in West Yorkshire you will have seen a tall section to the main building. This is tall because it is home to Yorkshire’s only indoor ski slope with real snow, Snozone. There are plenty of other things to do within Xscape so if you want to add an activity to your visit to the ski slope there is lots to choose from.
Snozone Xscape Family Fun Sledging Review
Snozone has perfect conditions all year round and it is billed as the UK’s premier indoor snowsports venue. Not only can you have a go at skiing but there is also snowboarding. For novices out there they also offer lessons.
If you want to have fun in the snow but aren’t quite ready to hit the main slopes they also have a smaller section roped off for family snow fun. We booked on one of their 45-minute family fun sledging sessions. This is for kids and adults from the age of 3 and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
One thing to mention before I carry on is to take some gloves!!! You are not allowed on the snow without them and I forgot ours. You can purchase some from their shop but they are very expensive. You also need a helmet. You can take your own or borrow one of theirs. Another thing they recommend is waterproof clothing and snow boots or wellies. You will get wet and you will get cold so wrap up well.
We had included the hire of their waterproofs with our booking. This was mostly why I hadn’t brought gloves as I’d wrongly assumed they were part of the hire. Instead, you get a waterproof jacket, trousers and a helmet. Because of covid they are currently not hiring out their waterproofs but hopefully, this will change soon.
Prebooking is highly recommended as their slots often sell out in advance.
Before you hit the slope there is a large area where you can change into your warmer gear. There is also plenty of lockers. You then sit and wait on benches where you can also collect a helmet. You can then select your own one-man sledge and into the cold ski slope room you go. There is a brief safety talk and an explanation of how to sit on your sledges.
It was all a bit chaotic and the slope is a struggle to walk up but my son loved it. I soon gave up and waited at the bottom of the slope to take photos. It’s quite hard work and I wasn’t the best at stopping. It’s hard to miss some of the younger kids as they tend to not have the forethought to move out of the way and just stand there. Some good strong and sturdy boots are definitely the best option as the more you can drag your boots to slow you down the better.
We were booked on the first session of the day. The one after ours around lunchtime seemed much quieter. It may even be worth booking the evening session if you have older kids. If your kids are younger I can highly recommend following them down to make sure they don’t get in anyone’s way.
When you are finished you can warm back up again in their cafe. This overlooks the ski slope which you can see in the photo below. There is also a soft play area. They used to offer snow play sessions where you can play in the snow for 30 minutes. This was for kids aged 2-6 and cost just £2.99. I hope they bring these sessions back.
If you want to have a go at skiing adult lessons start from £59.99 and junior lessons from £49.99.
Snozone FAQ & Further Information
Address: Castleford WF10 4TA, West Yorkshire. Phone: 0333 003 0520
Category – Snowsports – Indoors – Suitable from age 3
What are the ticket prices?
Family snow fun sledging sessions cost £9.99 per person. Lessons can also be booked at a higher cost.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Ski slope with real snow, family sledging sessions, skiing and snowboarding. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
Snozone is open for most of the year. Please see their website for up-to-date information.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is free parking.