7 reviews of Sno Zone in English
You MUST be able to ski safely for a recreational pass or otherwise you will have to take a few lessons first. They will ask you about your ski ability when they issue your pass, so be honest for everyone's sake. They have two slopes: one for recreational skiing and one for lessons. This means the beginners and more advanced skiiers are completely separate and importantly, protected from each other.
EQUIPMENT: They will hire you trousers and a jacket but not gloves, hat, thick socks or base layers so if you have them, bring them or be prepared to purchase them on site. I can't comment on the quality of the hired clothing as I brought all of mine with me.
Everything was clean and the boots/skis/poles were in good condition, all included in the cost of the pass. There are lockers for your things, which cost a £1 and it's not refundable so make sure you have everything you need before you lock it.
SNOW & SLOPE: There was just enough snow for me but the poma lift kept breaking down; had there been more skiiers I imagine this would have been very frustrating.
STAFF: The staff were friendly and efficient. The slope staff are easily identifiable in bright green and happy to answer questions.
FOOD: The slope has its own cafe and prices looked normal. I didn't eat there however. The complex itself also boasts a cinema and gym, ski shops and range of eating establishments so it's nicely self-contained if you are herding children or have limited time. If like me you want something other than various varieties of fast food/sandwiches, it's a 3 mins walk from the large MK Central shopping mall, which offers a far wider choice.
GETTING THERE: Ample parking and the whole area is well-served by fast frequent bus service. If you're arriving by train from London (Euston, 30 mins), suggest you get a Plusbus ticket: this adds unlimited bus travel for £2 which is cheaper than a return to the slope. Takes ten minutes and drops you right outside both the slope and the station.
Overall, I had a good experience but it was a quiet midweek session. Would def go again.
We went on a group event and the activities offered where fantastic but I have to say the staff where exceptionally helpful, understanding and friendly ... especially Mo (Our event co-ordinator). I would recommend this venue to anyone planning a corporate event, a party or just up for a laugh.
Sno zone is located in the Milton Keynes Xscape Centre. We went by car, it’s easy to find with lots of carparking spaces.
We booked asession for my son as a present and for somthing different. He has skied before quite recently but I hadn’t skied since I was at school.
You are provided with skis, boot and poles with the price of the session. You can hire trousers and jackets, we wore our own waterproof ones. It is important that you take your own gloves as they DO NOT hire them and they are expensive to buy. Believe me you will need them as it is very cold inside the dome.
We really enjoyed ourselves and since we have been have booka weeks ski in March.
I must say I really wasn’t impressed when visiting Xscape for a freeride snowboarding session. I’ve visited many indoor snow slopes and outdoor dry slopes this was by far the worst. I want just before Christmas last year and to their credit they had put a sign up on reception explaining that due to high levels of usage, the slope wasn’t in the best condition. Although slightly concerned, having driven there I still wanted to have a go – I couldn’t believe how bad it was. After two runs on which my newly waxed board just stuck to the snow like glue I came off and got a refund. My advice would be to check in advance on the condition of the slopes since it seems like when people need it most, i.e. just before going away over winter, they can’t handle the number of people visiting.
The sno zone is located inside the xscape, which is full of clothing retailers and plenty of ski equipment shops, so you could pretty much buy everything you need whilst your there, even though the sno zone will rent you all the equipment you will need to go on the slopes. You can go down the slopes using skies or snow boards.
The sno zone has a lounge with plenty of seats and tables where you can watch all the skiers going up and down the slope through large glass windows placed all at the bottom of the slope, whilst you stay nice and warm.
On some occasions at the sno zone you can go down the slope on rings or sledges.
This is a fantastic indoor snow slope and is available to ski’s, snowboards and even tobaganing! Brilliant fun and very affordable if you like to keep your skills in good use.
They often host different events so its good entertainment too.
The bar/lounge area is lovely and overlooks the ski area - great for snuggling into a sofa with a hotchocolate or go into the bar for a beer after all your hard work!
This is an indoor ski slope with artificial snow. Boarders and skiers are welcome. The slope itself is not very big/high/difficult and looks like it could get very busy. There are two pull lifts and a travelator to bring you to the top. You can also go tobogganing which is fun, but tobogganers aren’t allowed use the lifts =(
All gear and clothing can be rented. There is a nice bar/lounge are looking out over the slope.
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