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Bearsden Ski Club near Glasgow, which has been one of the most influential players in British snow sports since the early 1960s, is 50 years old this month.
Bearsden Ski Club was formed by a small band of enthusiasts and quickly grew to be recognised as one of the major influencers in Scottish and British skiing producing many world class skiers including Olympian Lesley Beck and current British number one downhill racer Douglas Crawford.
Having spent circa £1million in 2005/2006 the club, which has a membership of around 1,200, now provides one of the most advanced dry slope facilities in Britain incorporating a floodlit main Alpine slope, two nursery slopes and one of the UK's premier freestyle slopes for snowboarders and freeskiers.
The state of the art club house provides a warm, welcoming environment for snowsport enthusiasts, incorporating Café Igloo and two bars to relax in and enjoy the après ski culture to the full.
Briton Engineering Developments is delighted to have been chosen once again as the premier snowsports surface system of choice for one of the main attractions to the Metro Show by the exhibition organisers, VOS Media, Soul Sports and the Warren Smith Ski Academy for the Metro Ski & Snowboard Show in London.
The centre piece of this year's show was the 850m2 Snowflex® teaching slope. The slope was operated by Warren Smith and his Ski Academy staff. Warren and his staff used the nursery slope as the place to teach beginners to practise their first turns. The area also had a small jump and rail area so that instructors could show and teach skiers how to tackle features in a safe environment.
Scotland’s newest at Newmilns Snow & Sports Complex (NSASC) re-opened at the beggining of the month after a £1million redevelopment by Barr Construction.
The contractor was on site for seven months transforming the original Newmilns ski slope to create two brand new slopes to cater for beginners to more advanced skiers and snowboarders.
The slope uses Proslope matting, the same as that used at SnowTrax in Dorest, which has had some very good reviews.
The slopes measure in at 32 metres and 100 metres long and have two lengths of bristles to facilitate downhill and freestyle. A new table top jump area has also been created.
East Ayrshire councillor Alan Brown cut the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening. First day visitors were treated to a fast-paced showcase from freestyle skiers and snowboarders and had the chance to participate in free taster lessons while youngsters had fun sliding down the slopes in tubing rings.
Paul Hollywood, project manager at Barr Construction said: “This project has been a tremendous success and a great challenge for the team at Barr Construction.
“We are confident the staff at NSASC will make a complete success of the new facilities and look forward to seeing many Scottish youngsters taking an active interest in snow sports with the addition of these top of the range slopes.”
NSASC was already a popular attraction in the local community, with many Ayrshire primary schools visiting of the complex before renovation began, and bookings have already been coming through thick and fast for the newly improved venue.
Bobby Pollock, chairman of NSASC said: “After spending a lot of time raising the necessary funds for this redevelopment, it is extremely heartening to see the ski slopes up and running and attracting such a strong interest.
“Barr Construction has worked tirelessly to meet our specialist requirements and the centre is now fully equipped to keep up with growing demand.
“It was great seeing everyone enjoying the slopes today and we are looking forward to providing more lessons for more people with our improved centre.”
Set to boost local interest in winter sports and shape the next generation of professional Scottish skiers and snowboarders, the centre received backing from The Scottish Government.
Sport Minister Shona Robison said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the ski slope in action over the winter, an upgrade made possible in part by Scottish Government funding of £435,000 from the Rural Development Programme, as well as £78,411 via sportscotland’s Sports Facilities Fund.
“A key addition to the provision of quality winter sport environments, it will help promote and foster the development of snow sports in the South West of Scotland.
“And with several of our elite athletes currently training towards their next goal, the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi early next year, this facility will also help develop further performance opportunities and racing skills.”
Newmilns Snow and Sport Complex is a registered charity and social enterprise community organisation and raised funding for this renovation from a variety of organisations such as sportscotland, Landfill Communities Fund, The Robertson Trust, the Scottish Rural Development Programme, Social Investment Scotland and received a final grant from East Ayrshire Council.
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “We were delighted to invest £78,411 to help Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex develop its facilities by creating a steeper and longer slope which will provide an improved training and racing environment.
“sportscotland is committed to investing in quality facilities as part of its drive towards developing a world-class sporting system at all levels and the improvements which have been made at Newmilns will also help to increase the opportunities for people throughout the area to become involved in sport and physical activity.”
Skiplex, the only place in the UK with continuous indoor revolving slopes, have launched their winter ski season 2013-4 with three venues for non-stop skiing in the UK.
Each slope at Skiplex, 4m wide and 9.5m long, can rotate up to speeds of 25mph with the gradient of the slope being adjusted to suit the ability of the skier or snowboarder, from beginner to expert.
Each session is led by a qualified instructor offering real time feedback and with a giant mirror at the base of the slope, the user can see their progress immediately. For advanced level skiers/boarders, this allows for fine tuning of technique whilst beginners gain a better understanding of what the instructor is requiring them to do.
Skiplex Chiswick, opened in 2011, situated in Dukes Meadows Golf and Tennis centre. Skiplex Reading, a larger venue just 10 minutes from the M4, offers two revolving slopes, viewing gallery and can host up to 12 skiers per hour.
The brand new Skiplex Basingstoke is part of a larger entertainment venue offering not only non-stop skiing, but Airkix Indoor Sky Diving, Brush Boarding and Sim Car Racing.
“Our sessions offer nonstop skiing and boarding without wasting time queuing for lifts, or being restricted by slope length,” said Chris Sanders, CEO of Skiplex, “Our instructor led sessions are great fun, personalised and tailored to your exact needs, with group sizes no bigger than three. Each unique Skiplex venue offers a chance to learn to ski, improve technique or just enjoy the slopes in a unique, safe and controlled venue.”
Skiplex is also supporting the ‘Go Ski Go Board’ campaign by Snowsports England. Skiers can take advantage of three, six week courses at Skiplex Reading and Skiplex Basingstoke starting 6th, 7th and 8th November.
The fifth of October 2013 was an auspicious day in British skiing as it marked 50 years since the first permanent dry ski slope in the country was installed, at Barton Hall, Torquay and it’s still being used today.
The first of more than 120 such slopes to open in Britain, of which around half remain, with many hundreds more subsequently opening (and continuing to open) around the world, the Torquay slope is operated by the Torquay Alpine Ski Club, now one of the oldest in the country.
Over the years dry slopes have made a huge contribution to the British love affair with winter sports, and hundreds of thousands, perhaps over a million British people have learnt to ski on these slopes over the last 50 years. Most of the current British ski team started out on Dry Slopes.
The idea for the Torquay slope was conceived by a group of local enthusiasts aided by the Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR), who persuaded Fred Pontin (later Sir Fred) to set up the slope at his Barton Hall holiday camp in Torquay.
There was a grand opening ceremony at the slope which included demonstration of skiing by members of the British Ski Team and European Ski Instructors from the Swiss Resort of Champery.
The Torquay Alpine Ski Club celebrated the anniversary with a dinner at the Grand Hotel, Torquay with Olympic and World Cup Ski Racer Chemmy Alcott and Olympic Ski Jumper “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards as guests of honour.
“The opening of the first permanent dry ski slope in 1963 is a major milestone in British Skiing and marks the first time that skiing became widely accessible,” said Tim Fawke, CEO of Snowsport England, “Since then hundreds of thousands of people have learnt to ski on these types of slope and it all started with Torquay slope and the club that operates it. The heart of our sport in the UK is based around clubs and it's great to know that this club is still going strong after 50 years."
The slope still uses the original design of matting (known as Dendix), which was designed in Great Britain and is manufactured in Chepstow, Wales.
The local council’s planning department have rejected plans to build cedar-clad ‘Swiss chalet style’ homes next to the revitalised Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre.
A planning officer called the design "wholly inappropriate," despite the classic ski design connection, as the centre is in a landscape conservation area.
"The Swiss chalet design style is completely inappropriate given the surroundings and character of the area," told local media, "It seems as though the designers are linking the theme for the houses with the idea of the ski centre being nearby, which is rather a weak link."
A dry ski slope in the Welsh region of Carmarthenshire has gained respect from an Austrian ski school, according to local newspaper reports.
Pembrey Ski — the dry slope at Pembrey Country Park — receives visits from thousands of school children from across South Wales wishing to learn to ski before heading off on school trips to the mountains.
Now a teacher at one of the schools has reported back that ski instructors at Alpendorf ski area in the Salzburg Skiwelt have noted that children arriving on their slopes from British schools are already advanced in the rudiments of skiing before they see the snow.
"Schools have been coming to use the slopes for 25 years with a succession of teachers,” Council ski slope co-ordinator Eirian Morris told South Wales, "Hundreds of their pupils over several generations have learned their skiing skills at Pembrey and the school has adopted an ethos of not allowing their pupils to go unless they reach a certain competence on the slopes which has earned them a valuable reputation at Alpendorf.”
Two teenage boys have been sentenced to “intensive supervision” after being found guilty of starting the third of a series of three fires which destroyed all buildings at the Sheffield Ski Village last year.
Sheffield's youth court imposed an 18-month youth rehabilitation order with intensive supervision and a curfew on one boy and a 12-month referral order also with intensive supervision on the other. The names of the boys were not published, nor their ages.
The former site of the Sheffield Ski Village is now the subject of mounting public concern as it has been left in a derelict state and is attracting fly tippers, metal thieves and vandals. The council has asked the former owner to the clear the site.
The Ski Village is where the current Slopestyle skiing world champion and Sochi Olympic hopeful James ‘Woodsy’ Woods honed his skills before winning Britain’s first ever Crystal globe for a downhill skiing contest.
Glasgow Ski Centre are offering £2 ski and snowboard lessons this Sunday! Get yourself down from 11am, BBQ, bar, no joining fee, discounted lessons, membership from £7.50 per month - ideal prices for getting started.
You won't find these prices on Groupon, Itison, etc, only at the club, Bellahouston Park, 16 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow .
Plans for a giant power plant that will convert waste material in to energy close to the Danish capital of Copenhagen appear to be going ahead and National Geographic magazine has described the half-billion-Euro project as “under construction” in a report this month.
SCUK covered this story back in March.
The Amager Bakke incinerator, due to open in 2017, is intended to contribute to Copenhagen's ambitious goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2025. It will produce heat for 160,000 households and electricity for 62,500 homes.
As first reported by snow365 news in March 2013, the most interesting factor for skiers and boarders is that the structure plans to incorporate one of the world’s largest artificial surface ski slopes on its outer side, with a slope covering 31,000 square metres descending an estimated 500 metres over the 100m vertical created by the giant building.
Two teenage boys have been charged with arson following a fire at the Sheffield Ski Village.
A shed and two outbuildings were badly damaged in the blaze on 24 April, a year after the Vale Road site's main building was destroyed by fire.
The boys, aged 15 and 16, are charged with arson in relation to the latest incident, South Yorkshire Police said.
They have been released on bail and are due to appear at Sheffield Youth Court later this month.
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Hopes that the Bassingbourn Snowsports Centre in England, which was closed against the wishes of skiers and boarders in March, may re-open after the Ministry of Defence said that the artificial ski slope at Bassingbourn Barracks would not be demolished.
The snow sports club said which ran the slope say they hope to now buy the land where the slope is located from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which now oversees the barracks which no longer houses any soldiers, and create a separate entry for members of the public.
Currently the ski club’s management can access the facility but it is not open to the club’s members and the club has also been investigating the possibility of building a new ski slope at a local cement works. Bassingbourn Snowsports Centre’s racing team currently travel to Welwyn Garden City to train.
The DIO is set to announce its long-term plan for the site in the autumn.
You can help save the slope by signing their e-petition or visiting their Save Bassingbourn Facebook page.
Groundwork is underway on a 2000 square metre extension to the Kidsgrove Ski Slope by operators the North Staffs Ski Club.
Following 9 years of the change over from conventional ski matting to Playgrass supplied by MK Enterprises the Ski Club want to start phase one of the project, which has an estimated £50,000 price tag, over the next month.
Trees have already been felled prior to the bird nesting season and earthworks and profiling, drainage and so on are being undertaken over the next months.
The new Playgrass slope will feature a new button lift as well as a tramulator and the existing misting system and floodlighting will be extended.
Three teenage boys, two aged 15, one 17, have been arrested over the latest fire at the remains of Sheffield Ski Village. Last Wednesday's fire destroyed a large shed, one of the few remaining buildings on the site.
The centre, which is home to the largest dry ski slope in Europe, closed a year ago after a fire, deemed accidentally, destroyed the main public buildings.
Two further fires within a month caused more damage and the site has been likened to a ‘war zone’ as a spate of metal thefts and vandalism have continue to degrade the now abandoned centre.
More than 50 people lost their jobs when the complex was forced to close and subsequent attempts to open the slopes for local ski clubs have so far failed to be realised due partly to insurance issues.
Sheffield Sharks ski club had met at the slope for more than 20 years helping encourage local children to exercise but most recently have been travelling to the indoor snow centre at Castleford.
Subsequently local man James ‘Woodsy’ Woods who trained at the Ski Village has become the most successful ever British winter sports athlete by winning back to back World Cup competitions.
More than 120 people reported the latest fire to the fire brigade and it was tackled by a team of around 20 fire fighters.
By Andrew D Strachan
Having secured the funding, they're now just looking for the right person for the job. Interested?
To develop freestyle ski and snowboarding in the North East of Scotland through the development and operation of a programme which encompasses the use of the available Snowsports Facilities in the North East and utilising other sporting facilities to participate in a range of cross training activities.
The focus of these cross training activities is to increase performance in the athlete’s snowsport discipline, however if the athlete shows promise at these cross training sports they may be encouraged at some point to focus on that particular sport as opposed to their original snow sport.
It will be part of the successful applicants role to develop, promote and run this programme and a more detailed description of those duties are shown below in the job description.
This exciting opportunity is supported by UK Sport, Aberdeen Snowsports Centre and The Aberdeen Snowsports Club.
It follows that each one of these supporters has set objectives they would like the role to deliver as part of the job description, these are set out below.
The following Qualifications/Experience are seen as essential for the position:
For more information and the full job specification, contact Dave Jacobs at the slope, on 01224 810215 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The centre’s website is still showing artist’s impressions of ‘how it will look’ from mid-2011, but slope manufacturer Neveplast reports that it has completed nursery slopes at Midlothian Ski centre (aka Hillend) above Edinburgh in Scotland.
Neveplast report that before an official opening to the public took place, ski instructors were impressed by the new surface on two teaching areas, and that after the its public inauguration, managers were also pleased by the public response.
Neveplast won the European wide tender in July 2012 to install two artificial ski slopes and four artificial snow tubing runs at the Hillend. The new ski slopes cover 1,100 square metres in total, covered with Neveplast NP30 product.
“The local council opted for Neveplast... thanks to its unique properties of slipperiness, excellent lateral grip, low maintenance costs (no irrigation and drainage systems needed), the possibility to use the same equipment used on the snow, high safety standards, and for its extraordinary durability,” said a statement from Neveplast who worked with partners Robert Beavis and Stuart Murphy of Snowtraxx in the UK.
The four Neveplast TUBBY slides are 60 metres long, two are straight and allow races among users, the other two contain thrilling turns. Both the ski and snow tubing slopes will be served by conveyor belts 60 metres long each and provided by Sunkid company.
The developments also include 210m of additional dry slope, which are believed to be parallel to the existing slopes rather than additional length to the main slope, were budgeted to have cost around £1/2million and are being paid for by funding secured from Sportscotland, the Scottish government agency for sport.
This looks like a slope on top of a waste incinerator, possibly because it is.
Denmark starchitect Bjarke Ingels has always designed eye-popping structures, but his plan for a combination ski slope/garbage burner/energy plant sounded especially zany when it was announced in early 2011. Pitched as a sustainable building, it faced some early push-back from the city of Copenhagen because it might damage the environment (ironic!) and for a while it looked like the project might get scrapped entirely.
But, nope. The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) just announced that they've broken ground on the building.
The absurdity of the notion - of converting an epicenter of waste into a happy funzone - takes on epic proportions when you consider this: Copenhagen is dead flat. The only skiing to be done there is cross country. So Ingels is simultaneously introducing an entirely new form of entertainment (sure to draw at least a few curious tourists away from Tivoli) and giving Danes what they've perhaps always secretly wished for: a taste of the Scottish Highlands across the North Sea.
And yet, it's unclear exactly how green the whole thing will be. Artificial ski slopes are notoriously energy intensive. That said, this one has the benefit of being completely outdoors, which slashes cooling loads, plus the slope itself will be made from a recycled synthetic that's kinder to the environment than your average fake ski run. The building's exterior is billed as a "vertical green façade" with planters stacked like bricks (see below). The surrounding land will be turned into a recreational park.
As for the energy plant: The press writeup describes a modified smokestack that'll emit smoke rings every time 1 ton of fossil CO2 is released "serving as a gentle reminder of the impact of consumption." Aside from that, the writeup is short on specifics that support the idea of the plant as a model of hedonistic sustainability, though if Ingels says it'll be green, we're inclined to believe him. The guy's awfully good at getting his way.
It was originally slated to have Danes (and tourists, likely) hitting the slopes by 2016, but it's not clear if that's still the expected completion date.
Sheffield Ski Village, once Europe’s largest artificial-surface snow centre, will probably never re-open according to its owner.
Buildings at the complex were destroyed by a fire and then a series of arson attacks last spring and subsequently the large area has become a magnet for criminals seeking metal and any other items it is possible to sell, as well as a constant run of destruction by vandals.
Despite the now derelict and dangerous state of the centre, there are still believed to be attempts by local ski clubs to work out a way to use the slopes again. The UK’s most successful ever ski competitor, "Woodsy" learned his skills at SSV before winning two successive World Cup stages this winter, a feat never before achieved by a British competitor in the modern era.
However, the site’s owner Kevin Pullan told the local Sheffield Star newspaper that he is no longer able to get insurance on the site.
“It’s the forgotten area of Sheffield,” Mr Pullen told The Star. “When we took over in 2007 there was talk of the landfill site eventually closing and a huge park being created, and there was talk of EU grants for the area, but all that seems to have fizzled out.
As well as being unable to protect the site, Mr Pullman said a growing gypsy camp had appeared at the Ski Village. He said he did not blame the police or Sheffield council with the former fully stretched and the latter facing cuts in funds.
The Ski Village operated from 1988 to 2012 and employed approximately 50 people.
Sheffield’s iconic Ski Village is unlikely ever to re-open – with its owners unable to get insurance following arson attacks, vandalism, and theft, writes Claire Lewis.
The landmark alpine ski complex has stood at Parkwood Springs for the last 25 years - but owner Kevin Pullan says insurance firms are now unwilling to take the gamble after much of the site was destroyed in a blaze last April.
The blaze which ripped through the wooden clubhouse was logged by fire investigators as accidental, but has been followed by repeated arson attacks by vandals.
The Ski Village on Vale Road has also been targeted by thieves looking for metal to sell on as scrap. Two suspects who were chased from the complex by police only last week were arrested after being found with a cutting saw.
Mr Pullan, whose firm bought the Ski Village in 2007, said: “We have been inundated with vandalism and thefts since the first fire.
“The last incident was as a recent as Friday when the police helicopter spotted two vehicles on the site and followed them down Penistone Road until officers on the ground apprehended two men carrying a cutting saw. It is like the Wild West up there.
“When the village was up and running and we were on site 24/7 we could contain things, but when our insurance ran out in August we have not been able to get re-insured, and there is no way we can keep the site secure because people seem to think they can walk on and help themselves to whatever they want. It is proving impossible to get re-insured.”
Full article on thestar.co.uk.
The share of those skiing and those snowboarding differs quite considerably for those on holiday and those participating in snowsports within England on artificial slopes.
According to Sport England’s Active People Survey: 61% of people ski on artificial slopes and 39% snowboard. This compares to 81% skiing on snow on holiday and 19% Snowboarding.
Snowboarding’s relative popularity on English slopes could be due, in part, to the number of established skiers who were keen to try out the sport but prefer to spend their holidays skiing. The strong freestyle scene at English slopes also draws a dedicated crowd of skiers and snowboarders.
The Snowsport England survey also found trends in participation on artificial slopes in England including:
In an effort to boost participation in skiing and snowboarding, Snowsport England has launched an exciting new series of courses called Go Ski Go Board. As cost is often seen as a barrier to people taking up winter sports. The programme, available to people aged 14+, offers an all-inclusive price with no extra cost for equipment, clothing and lift pass.
If you're an English member of Snowboard Club UK, then you're also a member of Snowsport England. The Scots and Welsh are members of their national body too.
The Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex in Ayrshire is currently undergoing a £1 million upgrade with Proslope matting. The slope will have a Poma tow, a new 110m slope with table top and quarter pipe. The beginner slope will have a travelator.
They hope to re-open to public on 21st January 2013, then planning to run events and such like.
You can keep an eye on progress at www.facebook.com/Newmilns.snowandsportscomplex
Discussion on SCUK forum.
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre at Garthdee in the north-east Scottish city is considering adding a new slope.
Originally using a Dendix brush matting slope, the centre was closed from the late 1990s to October 2004 when a new Snowflex slopes covering 3000 square metres, along with a new training slope, breathed new life in to the complex.
The new plans are for a third main slope, 68m long, on a slope with a 15 degree pitch and with a third ski lift installed.
Reports from Edinburgh indicate that the upgrading of Midlothian Snowsports Centre (formerly known as Hillend) are nearing completion, after several months delay.
The £600,000 of improvements have been paid for by publically-funded body Sportstscotland and reportedly the sale of adjacent former greenbelt land to developers.
The improvements include a 210 metre extension to the main dry ski slope - already one of the 10 longest dry ski slope in the world.
The slope was formerly 400m long, if now 610m long it would make the main slope one of the world's longest. Previously only Cap' Découverte in France with a 540m slope was known to be longer and still operational.
"Finishing touches are being made to the improvement works, and Hillend staff are readying themselves for the busy winter snowsports season," said a local media story.
The extension to the main slope promised by the new owners of Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre is now complete and open to the public. The extension brings the slope back to its original 260m.
The slope is also home to the UK's only permanent airbag.
A $260 million multi-sports facility is being proposed for a 55 acre site in the Washington Park area of Chicago’s South side which had previously been earmarked as a site for the city’s unsuccessful bid to host the 2016 Olympics.
The plans are reported to include an outdoor ski mountain as well as an aquatic centre, an athletics centre, as well as golf, tennis and hockey facilities along with shops and a hotel. They are said to be supported by several of the city’s universities.
"The whole project has been designed around meeting the needs of public and private schools in the Chicago area, "the developer, Paul McDermott told local media. "It's very ambitious. It's going to be awesome. It's going to be incredible."
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