In the UK you can ski on dry ski slopes or indoor real snow slopes across the country.
If you're going skiing for the first time, we strongly advise you to give skiing or snowboarding a go in the UK before you head out to the mountains.
In the UK there are artificial and real snow slopes all over the country. If you can master basics like stopping and turning before your first holiday on snow, you can make more use of the mountain when you're there. The new GO SKI GO BOARD initiative, backed by Snowsports England, is a great way to get involved with your local dry slope or indoor snow slope.
The two most common surfaces for dry slopes in the UK are Dendix and Snowflex. Dendex has been around for the longest and is well known to dry slope skiers nationwide. It's made of plastic bristles with diamond-shaped spaces between the bristles. It's not very forgiving to ski on (especially if you fall over) due to the holes in it, but it is a great place to work on the basics. Snowflex is much more user friendly and more dry slopes are beginning to use this type of surface. It's made of a similar material but without the big gaps in it. Aldershot, Southampton, Snowtrax (Christchurch), Silkworth (Sunderland), Hillend (Edinburgh) are a few of many drys lopes now operational.
Many dry slopes have rental facilities for equipment and for clothing, but it's best to check if your local one does or not before you head there.