If you can't get to the slopes this year or are not ready to travel just yet, why not try the next best thing and head to The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

As the closest real snow indoor centre to London and the largest training slope in the UK, a huge 160m long and 30m wide, The Snow Centre is ideally placed to enable skiers and boarders of all levels to learn new skills, progress and enjoy time on the snow throughout the year. This makes it ideal if you want to try skiing or snowboarding before you commit to buying a holiday to the slopes of Europe.

Your skis/snowboard, boots and helmet hire are all included in the cost, and you can even hire clothing (jacket, trousers and socks) at The Snow Centre, so there's no need to go out and buy anything for your visit.

If you can already ski or board or skied or boarded in the past but are feeling a little rusty, getting some practice in is a good shout. The Snow Centre is ideal for learning new techniques and tricks, it is also staffed by experienced instructors who can give you some great hints and tips.

Go for the full ski holiday experience and enjoy a mountain-inspired meal in The Lodge while you watch people making their turns from the large windows overlooking the slope.

If you can't get to The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, there are plenty more to choose from across the UK, check out our blog on the best of the rest here.