On the weekend we made an impromptu booking and travelled to SnoZone in Milton Keynes for a 30 minute Private Family Sledging Session! This session has only just reopened and we were quite eager for some fun.
The SnoZone is situated in Milton Keynes MK9 3XS and was quite easy to find. There is ample parking but you do need to pay – I think we paid around £3 for 2 hours so it was not too much at all.
Inside, it is right by I-Fly (which also looks very cool!) and there are other various shops around too.
5 Minutes before our start time, we headed to the hire desk and handed our passes over. We were asked to walk over to the slope entrance where someone would meet us to talk us through our session. Here we were handed 3 smallish sleighs and shown to our private slope. We had a quick introduction on how to safely sleigh and we were off!
Ita immediately took to it and was quite a dare devil – no surprise there really! She wants to go right to the top of the slope where as we were quite happy to work our way up! The 30 minutes did seem to go really quickly and I think a 45 minute session would have worked out perfectly to be honest. I had quite a few questions from Instagram on what the sleighs were like. Well… pretty much this! They were more ‘’seats with sticks’’ as Ita called them but they worked really well and were light too so it was easier walking back to the top each time. I know in some places you can hire rings but I don’t think they are an option here.
We were advised to arrive 45 minutes early but really there was no point and I think we would have been better off arriving only 15 minutes before. I think this might be older information relating to if you have to change and get ready there at the centre. However now you have to arrive ready to go!
You are advised to wear waterproof clothing and snow boots or wellies, otherwise you may find yourself with wet, cold feet.
Due to the necessary precautions, you cannot hire any snow boots, gloves or helmets – all of which are a must to be on the slope. Luckily we had our own from a previous ski lesson but this is something to bare in mind when booking. If you were thinking of doing this session, I would look for sales and special deals in places like Sports Direct. The main thing you will need to focus on is a helmet for safety, but snow boots and gloves can really vary. I for example wore uggs and on their website they do suggest wellies as an alternative too. (Cycle helmets are permitted too!).
The changing area and lockers are also out of use, again, because of covid. Therefore you must leave everything in your car or by the entrance to the slopes. It really is worth baring this in mind if you are not travelling by car. Although I am sure it is safe enough, the centre does not take responsibility for any items that go astray.
This session is for a family/social bubble of up to 6 people. The price is £59.99 per bubble so this works out very well if you are a family of 5 or 6. Otherwise it feels a bit steep. However, with that said, we had a great time and have already made plans to go back!
Please note your group must contain 1 adult aged 16yrs+ (with a maximum of 2 adults per group) and juniors must be aged 3 years and over.
For further info head to the SnoZone website;