Silksworth Ski Slope – Sunderland

The Easter break is fast approaching and you may be wondering what to do with the kids. It is hard to entertain teenagers, especially if they’re as computer obsessed as my Teen is! I’m often guilty of forgetting about some of the great outdoor activities we have in the region at our disposal. I was looking at booking Xscape in Leeds for the men of the household to learn how to ski and snowboard when I remembered Sunderland has its very own dry ski slope. Yes, you did read that right!

Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope is situated off Silksworth Lane, on the outskirts of the city. It is certainly easier to drive to than Yorkshire and there’s ample parking. Affiliated with Snow Sport England, Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope is one of the premier ski/snowboard centres in the country that teaches skiing and snowboarding on one of three dry slopes. Learners as young as 4 can take to the ‘snow’ on the nursery slopes, as well as those who are just getting started. Having had a beginners lesson on holiday in Dubai I was already one step ahead of the Canny men so decided to sit it out with Dinky.

I contacted in advance to see what the options were as I found the website incredibly vague as to availability, etc. I was under the impression, based on the site, that we’d have to become members in order to book. Thankfully the lady I spoke to on the phone made the process as simple as possible. She suggested I book a private lesson as ‘normal’ lessons can have up to 12 people. She said, however, that the Sunday slot I was interested in only had our booking at the time, so it looked promising Mr. Canny and the Teen were going to get the instructor all to themselves.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on the day. I took along gloves and made sure both of them were wearing long sleeve tops and trousers – the only stipulations on the day. They may have complained about feeling hot with all of that activity, but carpet burns from the matting. For some reason I thought it would be wet and took along a change of trousers but it wasn’t necessary.

The highly qualified instructor went through a range of techniques during the course of the hour long session. Because it was just them it was faster, meaning they got to try out more. By the end of the lesson both Mr. Canny and the Teen were gliding down the nursery slope without a lot of tuition.

More advanced skiers and snowboarders can enjoy recreational skiing on the 165m floodlit slope, while those who aren’t interested in learning to ski can enjoy the other activities found at the Silksworth Sports Complex too. These include 2 fishing lakes, entertainment bowl, picnic area, athletics track arena, adventure playground, BMX, blades and skate boards and 3 grass football pitches.

There is a special offer on skiing and snowboarding throughout the Easter holidays, so it’s the perfect time to give it a try. I’m sure the menfolk are wanting to return asap to put their skills into practice. For the two men of the family to enjoy this lesson cost £40.90, which included the hire of the skis. I personally felt it was great value for money and well worth a visit. Call 03330050153 to book or have a gander at their website here.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x


  1. Sam | North East Family Fun Travel Blog

    Heidi and Harry have visited here with school and they loved it – I think they went snow tubing (or the equivalent). It’s such a good idea if you’re planning on a ski holiday and not too expensive either x

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I was very impressed. Hopefully I can get on the slopes myself soon 🙂


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