The best locations for real snow skiing in England are in the Lake District. For round year skiing there are dry ski slopes in Cumbria in Kendal and Carlisle (see below). For the real snow skiing experience in the lake District you need to go to Raise or Yad Moss.
Skiing at Raise Lake District.
The slopes at Raise are about 25 miles southwest of Helvellyn and usually offer a good few weeks of snowing each year. Unfortunately it is not really suitable for beginners and involves a long walk from the nearest parking spot. You will need to become a member of the Lake District Ski Club to use the facilities (www.ldscsnowski.co.uk). Skiiers as well as snowboarders are welcome.
Skiing at Yad Moss Cumbria.
The facilities for skiing at Yad Moss have recently been upgraded considerably and the results are impressive. The longest lift in England and a brand new day lodge mean that Yad Moss is one of England’s top ski mountains. Long wide slopes and varied terrain make this location ideal for snow boarders and skiers alike. However, the long lift and fairly steep slopes make this mountain less suitable for beginners.
Dry Slope Skiing Cumbria.
Kendal Ski Club (0845 6345 173) offer an 80 metre dry ski slope. The club is staffed by volunteers and Instructors are qualified through Snowsport England. The club offers recreational skiing for all ages and abilities (members only) as well as ski instruction.
Carlisle Snowsports Club (01228 810696) has 50 metre and 25 metres slopes. They cater for all abilities and have fully qualified Instructors. Adult ski lessons start at £10 per hour.