Where . . . SnowZone Madrid, Spain

What . . . SnowZone Madrid is located in Madrid Xanadu mall in Arroyomolinos, 23 kilometres from downtown Madrid. It is the only indoor ski slope in Spain and is open 365 days a year.

The main slope stretches 250 metres long and 55 metres wide and it is served by a four-person chairlift. The beginners' slope (100 metres long and 40 metres wide) is accessed via a draglift. The 18,000-square-metre funpark features rails, boxes, jumps, and bumps.

Certified teachers are on hand to give private or group lessons, with specialised courses for advanced skiers and boarders. Ski gear is available to rent, including boots, skis, boards, jackets, gloves, and sallopettes.

SnowZone Madrid is open 10 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. The shopping centre had 8000 parking spaces.

Non-skiing Activities . . . Ice rink, snowtubing, and snowplay for youngsters.

Food/Shops . . . There is a wide choice of eateries to suit all tastes within the shopping mall.

Prices . . . A one-hour ski pass costs €19 adults; €16 children.