Skiing indoors in the UK or on a dry ski slope is very different from being on snow.
Being in a ski resort in the mountains is very different to skiing on one of the artificial slopes in the UK. You’ll either be on a short snow slope indoors or probably in a semi-urban environment on a simulated snow (dry) slope. So you won’t have the stunning views, long slopes and nice little mountain restaurants with sunny terrace to sup a drink at whilst taking in the mountain vistas. But you will at least get to experience what the equipment feels like. Snowboarding has an advantage here, with comfier boots than those worn for skiing.
You’ll also get to experience what it’s like to slide along on a board or on skis for the first time.
Many indoor ski centres and dry slopes offer ‘taster sessions’ at a lower cost than going on a ski holiday, where you get to try all this. You can then opt to sign up for more lessons before you go on your first ski holiday if you wish. The more you know in advance, the more you’ll get out of your first week in the mountains (although equally, even if you don’t take lessons before you go and know next-to-nothing, you’ll probably still have loads of fun).
Remember to visit a Crystal Hub after you come off the slopes to chat to a ski expert and book your first holiday.
Just check this UK Skiing Guide or give your nearest dry slope or indoor snow centre a call.
And to find out what kind of gear you might need, check out the section on packing essentials.