mate, i live in manchester 7 months a year and the french alps 5 months a year so i know that dry slope is just shit full stop!! there are no edges involved and it fuckin hurts when u fal over.
u thought about going to chill factore? its in manchester near trafford centre n its real snow in there its a good laugh, board nights on a saturday they put bout 6 rails n a few more kickers out compared to the usual 1 kicker n 2 rails.
ive been there loads this summer, its good to practice freestyle but however fun it is, its just no mountain!!!