Indoor water parks have become wildly popular attractions in the United States, particularly in northern states with long winters.
Yet indoor ski resorts? They haven't taken off here like they have in other parts of the world. Here's a quick rundown of some of the world's most surprising locations where indoor ski resorts let you take your kids on an unlikely snowy getaway.
United Arab Emirates
The Middle East's first indoor ski center is located in the Mall of Emirates. Ski Dubai offers five fun runs, tube slides, and an interactive snow park and "Snow Bullet" zip line. Kids can get ski and snowboard lessons.
They're known as the lowlands of Holland, right? Yet at over 114,000 square feet, SnowWorld in Landgraaf is one of the world's largest indoor ski resorts. Along with a terrain park and dining, ski and snowboard lessons are available for children as young as 3.
Along with the highly anticipated Shanghai Disneyland (slated to open in 2016), the world's largest city is also home to Shanghai Yinqixing Indoor Skifield, which boasts one of the longest indoor ski slopes in the world at 1,246 feet.
England may not be known for its towering ski mountains but there are a handful of places to go indoor skiing, including two Snozones (in Milton Keynes and Castleford), the Snow Centre (in Hemel Hempstead), and the biggest of all, the Chill Factore, outside of Manchester. All offer slopes, tubing runs, and lessons for kids and adults.
Orlando (Coming 2018)
Coming to Orlando in 2018, the $309-million Action Sports & Entertainment Resort will include a 14-story ski and snowboard mountain, snowball fight arena, nine snow-tubing lanes, a surfing and boogie boarding area, indoor/outdoor skateboard park, BMX race track, two skydiving pods, an indoor dodgeball trampoline arena, a rapid river, rock climbing, a zip line, two waterslides, a rope challenge 250-room Hyatt hotel, and more.