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Alpine Snowsports Southampton to launch new Snowsports Satellite Club
Posted Tuesday 21st October 2014, 6:16 pm by Todd Grady
With snowsports catching the imagination of the public after this year’s Winter Olympics, Alpine Snowsports Southampton is launching a new Snowsports Satellite Club aimed at 11-18 year olds.

The Club, which has been funded by Sport England’s Satellite Club initiative and facilitated by Sport Hampshire & IOW, will be officially opened on Thursday 30th October 2014 with special guest, Winter Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Jones. The event will form part of a national initiative run by Snowsport England called ‘30 Days of Snowsport’.

For those people inspired by Sochi 2014, the Snowsports Satellite Club launch will give young people the opportunity to experience skiing or snowboarding for the first time, or for those people who can already ski or snowboard there will be GO SKI GO BOARD TRY taster sessions in ski racing and freestyle at a venue that is accessible to them all year round. All sessions will be led by fully qualified instructors and will run alongside race and freestyle demonstrations from the experts.

Alongside the slope activity there will be the chance to listen to Jenny Jones talk about how she got into snowsports and her journey to the Winter Olympics.

Throughout the evening there will be music, competitions and BBQ on offer for skiers and snowboarders who have worked up an appetite, or just for those watching. The Snowsports Club will run on Thursdays during term time from 5-7pm and slope time is open to 11-18 year olds, but parents and others are welcome to watch.

Priya Samuel, Satellite Clubs Development Manager, Sport Hampshire & IOW said: “We are delighted that Winter Olympic Bronze medalist Jenny Jones will join us for the official launch of the Snowsports Satellite Club. The Satellite Club initiative is aimed at providing young adults with enjoyable, safe environments to take part in sport. Jenny excited many people with her performance in Sochi, and we are hoping that young people will be inspired by her attendance.”

Hayley Walker from Alpine Snowsports Southampton said: “The Snowsports Satellite Club is aimed at giving 11-18 year olds the chance to try snowsports, continue their participation in a fun, safe environment. Snowsports is a great way to get fit and active without even realising it. We believe there is a real demand for a new club and hope to see a big uptake following the launch.”

Booking for the launch event is essential and costs £5 per person for those taking to the slope. To book call the slope directly on 0300 0200 135 or email

Kid's enjoying the Southampton centre.

With the current chap in the job, James Pitcher, off to Tahoe for the season, there's a great opportunity for somebody.

Winter is Coming with Ski Scotland
Posted Tuesday 7th October 2014, 9:05 pm by Todd Grady
Scotland’s newest snowsports festival is set to take place on 18 and 19 October at Scotland’s dry slopes. “Winter is Coming!” will offer a range of fun activities over the two-day festival, including taster ski and snowboard sessions.

The new festival has been developed by the country’s dryslopes in partnership with the sport’s national governing body, Snowsport Scotland, and Ski-Scotland, the marketing partnership which has promoted Scottish snowsports for more than 25 years. The Festival aims to generate interest and excitement in the run-up to the winter snow season.

“This is something completely new”, said Chair of Ski-Scotland Heather Negus. “There is always a sense of anticipation as soon as the first snow falls. Working with the dry slopes, we aim to build on this to generate additional interest among existing skiers and snowboarders and people who might try a snowsport for the first time.”

Speaking on behalf of the participating dry slopes, Dave Jacobs added: “The new festival will add to the pre-season buzz. Children and adults can brush up their skills or try skiing or snowboarding for the first time at special pre-booked free and low-cost taster sessions. And there will also be other fun at each of the participating slopes, including tubing, competitions and face painting as well as race training, and special offers on club memberships and “mat to mountain” sessions.”

“Snowsports are an important part of Scotland’s winter, not only for fun, but as a serious contributor to the tourism economy,” continued Heather. “Last winter generated 235,303 “skier days” across the five mountain ski resorts and £23.7M for the Scottish economy. This is in addition to those who ski and snowboard at the dry slopes, which play a vital role in introducing people to the sport, helping them make the mat to mountain transition and training competent athletes for competitions and races. This inaugural festival aims to introduce new people to the healthy fun that skiing and snowboarding offer and to increase awareness and appetite for that fun in the mountains once the snow arrives.”

Participating dry slopes include those in Aberdeen City and Shire, Ayrshire, Edinburgh and Glasgow and you can find out more at the Ski Scotland website.

Pendle Ski Club to host free open day
Posted Saturday 4th October 2014, 2:53 pm by Dunx
Pendle Ski Club plays host to a big FREE Open Day as part of Snowsport England’s ‘30 Days of Snowsport’.

With snowsports catching the imagination of the public after last year’s Winter Olympics, Pendle Ski Club is opening its doors to the public this Sunday (5th October) with their big Open Day which this year forms part of a national initiative run by Snowsport England called ’30 Days of Snowsport’, and is completely free to attend.

For those people inspired by Sochi 2014, Pendle Ski Club is offering free skiing or snowboadring taster sessions for people wanting to give them a go for the first time, or if they have not been on skis or a board for a while. The taster sessions will be with fully qualified instructors and will be running throughout the day. People can just turn up and book onto the next session.

There will also be the famous Pendle BBQ for skiers and snowboarders who have worked up an appetite, or just for those watching. There will also be the chance to sign up for club membership on the day and find out about upcoming lessons at the club for those people who have caught the bug.

‘30 Days of Snowsport’ is an initiative which runs at both slopes nationwide as well as online to celebrate the start of the winter season and get people excited about snowsports.

For more information on Pendle Ski Club’s Open Day running Sunday 5th October visit

Welsh dry slope re-opens
Posted Saturday 4th October 2014, 8:26 am by Todd Grady
The dry ski slope at Plas y Brenin in North Wales has re-opened following a £50,000 refurbishment three years after it closed.

The ski slope in Capel Curig had deteriorated over the years and was in need of major refurbishment but various organisations worked together to re-open the slope, including Sport England, North Wales Snow Sport Club, the Skiers Trust GB and Snowsport Wales.

"The commitment from all parties has been very positive and we hope to see an increase in use on the slope during the forthcoming year. As with all our investments we need to ensure good value for money and we will need to see that the slope is well used and is valued by the community," said Sport England Property Director Charles Johnston.

"We will be working hard with the North Wales Ski Club to generate interest in the ski slope and look forward to a successful year," said Martin Doyle from Mountain Training Trust, an organisation with a world-class reputation in the mountaineering and outdoor sport sector, which operates the centre on behalf of owners Sport England.

After a refurb, Plas y Brenin re-opens, but lets get some more snowboarders there eh?

Ski Rossendale secures £375,000 Lottery funding
Posted Thursday 2nd October 2014, 8:48 am by Dunx
Ski Rossendale is set to help more young people get into sport thanks to £375,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Improvement Fund. Partner funding brings the total to almost £500,000.

The facility is one of 36 projects across England to share in over £12.5 million of National Lottery investment from the third round of funding.

The Ski Rossendale project includes an extended teaching and development area making a longer slope for people to develop their skiing and snowboarding skills. A new state of the art surface will be installed on the redeveloped area making this a great place to come and enjoy learning.

The second phase of the project includes a new building designed to house the main ski hire with changing facilities, lockers and full disabled access to the slopes. A new first floor café bistro will open to the public with great viewing areas overlooking the ski slopes and out across the Rossendale valley.

The project is due for completion in the Autumn of 2015.

‘We are delighted to be one of only 36 projects across the country to be awarded this Sport England Improvement Fund. Ski Rossendale is looking forward to increasing participation in outdoor activity and snowsports. We are offering a great customer experience’ - Project Lead David Fuller.

'This is wonderful news for Ski Rossendale and for the Valley as a whole. Ski Rossendale is one of our most important assets, one which has put Rossendale on the map and inspired thousands of people to get into sport. It has been great working with the Ski Rossendale social enterprise team to bring in this much needed investment. Looking forward we hope we can build on this success, attracting further funding, getting Ski Rossendale back to where it belongs and complimenting regeneration going on elsewhere in the valley.’ - Councillor Andy MaNae, Portfolio holder for Regeneration, Leisure and Tourism.

The latest round of the Improvement Fund focuses on facilities that will help get more young people playing sport. There are currently a record number of 3.9 million 16- to 25-year-olds playing sport every week, however, there is still more to do to help young people develop a sporting habit for life.

Sport England is investing between £150,000 and £500,000 to improve sports facilities so the changing demands of young people are met whilst delivering an improved sporting experience.

Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “We know people have a better experience of sport when they have good facilities in which to play. This is why we’re investing in Ski Rossendale to improve their facilities so they are more appealing to young people, and help us to get them developing a lifelong sporting habit.”

Between 2012 and 2017, Sport England will invest £45 million of lottery funding through the Improvement Fund into medium-sized projects to improve grassroots sport facilities.

English dry slope may get £500,000
Posted Wednesday 13th August 2014, 8:30 am by Todd Grady
Ski Rossendale, one of the UK’s leading artificial surface ski areas, located in East Lancashire in the English North West, is hoping to receive £500,000 in funding for a revamp.

The centre has applied for the funding from national public body Sports England which runs an ‘ improved facilities funding scheme’ and intends to upgrade the facility in to a ‘winter sports centre of excellence’.

The project would see an overhaul of buildings and slopes with a new ski rental building, new café and new showers and toilets with disabled access.

The beginner slope and terrain park areas would also be improved and expanded with a new ski surface installed.

David Fuller, operations director at the slope and one of the team involved in taking over and re-opening the centre after a short period of closure in 2010 when the local council pulled funding, told local media, “The aim of this redevelopment is designed to give all our customers an excellent experience both on and off the slopes, to create a place where people can come and enjoy the sports or just spend some leisure time enjoying this unique alpine atmosphere. We want to create a winter sports centre of excellence whilst promoting community participation in recreation and sport.”

First deliveries to Ankara’s Snowflex slope arrive safe and sound
Posted Wednesday 23rd July 2014, 8:58 am by Todd Grady
The first major Snowflex slope by Briton Engineering Developments Ltd in Asia at Altinoran, Ankara, Turkey is all going to plan with the first deliveries for the 10,000m2 Snowflex® slopes having already been made to site in readiness for a September 2014 installation by Briton’s engineers.

Briton’s managing Director, Brian Thomas, visited the site last week to check on progress and was pleased to see that the Altinoran landscape is undergoing transformation in accordance with Briton’s design for the year-round Snowflex ski slope. The main slope will be approx. 200m long x 45m wide, and the nursery slope will 30m x 39m. Tubing will also take place on the nursery slope.

The layout of the new slope, complete with permanent freestyle features

The main slope, which will cater for recreational snowsporters and adrenaline junkies alike, is an evolution from slopes previously designed and built by Briton. It will include an Olympic type “slope-style run” with a series of kickers, a table top, rollers, waves, three 4m high quarter pipes, a wall ride and a rail park. – the kind of features that Briton has built in several Snowflex® facilities that have produced world class and Olympic athletes. A first class ski lodge is also currently under design.

The slope and lodge build is underway

YMCA of the Rockies in Colorado adds Snowflex to its summer attractions
Posted Wednesday 16th July 2014, 5:44 pm by ASC HQ
Snowflex are taking over the world. If their latest project is anything to go by, we reckon they could sell ice to an Eskimo, as they have installed their newest slope in the heart of the Rockies. In fact, maybe they could sell the Eskimo some Snowflex too!

Last week, saw the completion of a brand new 92m long x 18m wide “year round tubing slope” for the YMCA of the Rockies by Briton Engineering Developments Ltd.

The new slope is designed specifically for tubing, and can not only be used in the Spring, Summer, and Autumn, but the high performance Snowflex® slope can also be used throughout the winter if there are months lacking real snow.

Well it all looks a little too rad for the tubers to us, so the YMCA might have to put up a fence to keep those midnight snowboarders out!

Dry slope piste map revealed for Denmark power station
Posted Tuesday 8th July 2014, 8:40 am by ASC HQ
The giant waste-to-energy plant now under construction in Copenhagen, Denmark, which will feature a dry ski slope descending along its sides has revealed a piste map showing exactly what type of terrain will be available to skiers and boarders down the sides of the building.

The Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant will feature green (very easy), blue (easy) and a black (difficult) run on the upper half of the power plant’s exterior shell. The green will snake all the way round to the base of the building with the blue and black runs filtering in to it at the mid-way point.

Alongside the green run on the lower half of the power plant’s exterior will be a toboggan run.

Access to the top of the building will be via elevators. The piste map also shows cross country ski runs and ice skating at the base of the building. It is not clear whether this is intended to be possible for cold winters or if artificial surface cross country trails and ice rink surfaces are planned.

Trees are shown on the exterior of the building in the architect’s plans but it is not clear as yet whether these will be real trees and whether gladed skiing and boarding will be possible.

The plant is due to be completed and commission in 2017 and will burn 70 tonnes of waste per hour, treating around 400,000 tonnes of waste annually produced by 500,000 – 700,000 inhabitants and at least 46,000 companies to supply a minimum of 50,000 households with electricity and 120,000 households with district heating.

Duty Manager job at Plymouth
Posted Friday 27th June 2014, 10:49 am by Dunx
Fancy getting in to the industry? Well there's a duty manager job up for grabs at Plymouth, which is part of the Nike group.

Billy Morgan opens new freestyle night at Southampton
Posted Thursday 19th June 2014, 3:57 pm by Dunx
Active Nation’s Alpine Snowsports Southampton saw over 35 people come and have a go at freestyle skiing and snowboarding, as well as 20+ spectators at the launch event of a new regular freestyle night on Friday. Olympic hero Billy Morgan was back at the slope where he started almost 10 years ago, riding the brand new freestyle features and giving tips and advice to the adults and youngsters taking part.

Billy said “Friday evening at the freestyle launch was awesome. It’s been a few years since I’ve ridden down at the Alpine Centre like that. Rocking up to see heaps of people of all ages enjoying it like I did when I was younger is so inspiring, especially when there’s some really talented kids. I hope that it carries on, grows the freestyle scene and allows us to build on and improve the slope and features”.

Lead Freestyle Instructor, Will Morris added “It was such a great turn out, awesome to see some old faces from years gone by. It was a brilliant atmosphere with seasoned riders passing on knowledge to the new generation of shredders!”

The Programme Manager for Active Nation, Hayley Walker said “There were new faces there as well as some of our regular members of the race team turning to freestyle and you could feel the buzz as everyone got excited about freestyle once again. Active Nation is a sport and exercise charity dedicated to getting the nation active and especially at grass roots level in any sport. Sochi has had a huge effect on everyone and we would love to see our young skiers and boarders follow in Billy’s footsteps. It’s the start of something big at Alpine Snowsports and we hope it is here to stay.”

Freestyle Fridays run every week from 18:00 – 21:30 and include ramps, rails, slide box, quarter pipe plus other features. Cost for sessions is £15 for adults and £11.50 for juniors, or included in the 30 day practice pass at £30 adults and £23 for juniors. Freestyle Fridays also forms part of Snowsport England’s participation campaign GO SKI GO BOARD.

For more information visit and

Councillors voted unanimously to reject plans to demolish the former Sheffield Ski Village site because of concerns over its future use.

Planning board councillors voted to overturn a recommendation by planners to approve the application, which concerned the demolition of fire damaged buildings, ground levelling and filling over former buildings.

Coun Peter Price, who remembered when the ski village was created, said it could ‘spoil’ the site and added “There are all sorts of options for the site to be used for leisure and for the good of people living in the area.”

The application - which did not concern future development - was previously deferred because councillors had too many questions.

There are hopes a new Olympic snow sport hub could be created at the site, or that it could form part of a country park.

Objectors spoke out against the plans.

Councillors also discussed enforcement action to have the site cleared up.

Applicant Kevin Pullan said he would appeal the decision.

He told The Star: “We will relish the appeal because it will clarify the future use of the site, whether it is business use or employment use as different planning documents say two things.”

He said filling in the depression was a sustainable way to clear the site and he needed planning permission to demolish fire-damaged buildings as part of the clear-up of the land.

[Full article on The Star]

Community group Snowsport for Sheffield said "This has all been possible thanks to the hard work put in by members of the group, everyone who has objected to the planning and Friends Of Parkwood Springs."

Kevin Pullan was the owner of the Sheffield Ski Village. Current plans to develop some housing are unlikely to proceed with the council blocking the development. Kevin says he is willing to hand over the lease for free to any party that is able to put forward a realistic plan for the site. However, he says the UK's indoor slopes killed SSV a long time before the fires that devastated the site and that the day of the dryslope is over.

Read the full article here.

Sheffield Ski Village future still uncertain
Posted Wednesday 21st May 2014, 4:53 pm by ASC HQ
Two years after a series of fires devastated Sheffield Ski Village, the future for what was one of the world’s foremost dry slope ski centres remains unresolved.

Following the fires the site has been left derelict and been targeted by metal thieves amongst others.

Sheffield Sharks Ski Club, whose members included Britain’s number one freestyle skier James Woods, have been training on indoor snow at Castleford Snozone but have also been among those moving to reopen the slopes, which were reported to be initially largely undamaged by the fire.

This week a decision on plans to demolish derelict buildings was delayed by Sheffield City Council.

The plans were to clear the site, with no decision on its longer term future, but there appears to be a conflict in the direction of future use of the site.

Some local people, known as the Friends of Parkwood Springs, want a country park to be created in the area, however Kevin Pullan who controls the site aims to build homes near the site, where there are also hopes of recreating a snowsports facility. He told local media it was not right that the land be turned in to parkland as it is officially designated as an area for employment.

Sheffield Ski Village was instrumental in the formation of the Snowboard and Freeski scenes in the UK

Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre is recruiting
Posted Thursday 15th May 2014, 10:50 am by Dunx
Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre is recruiting; we're looking for Instructors, Technicians, Reception and Bar work. Get in touch with James Pitcher (Head of Snow School) if you're interested or 01752 600 220.

Snowflex riders place second in US national rail contest
Posted Sunday 13th April 2014, 12:12 pm by ASC HQ
The value of training to the highest levels on artificial surface ski slopes has been proven yet again by the success of Liberty University's ski and snowboard team at the recent 36th United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Championships at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y, site of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.

The University is home to the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre which features the premium high performance, synthetic ski slope system and is continuing to show proven results as a training ground for skiers and snowboarders. The Liberty Flames’ men’s snowboarders are among the teams who train here finished runners-up in that 36th USCSA National Championships.

The Rail Jam was a new event added to the National Competition this year and the Flames made the most of the opportunity to implement the skills they've perfected on rail features at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre (LMSC) in Lynchburg, Virginia. Having the only on-campus, year-round ski slope facility in the country has helped the recently formed Liberty team in teaching and training for competitions.

The Liberty Flames, led by juniors Kevin Hoff and Isaac Gibson, finished second out of 10 teams overall with 21 points, behind only Westminster College (15 points) and ahead of Sierra Nevada College (25), Western Colorado State University (30), and the University of Virginia (46), a South-eastern Conference rival.

“There’s a lot of good schools here, good riders from out west,” first-year Head Coach Ryan Leeds said. “The team was showcasing the kind of manoeuvres they've been doing all year (at LMSC). We had a blast and we definitely made a name for ourselves. A lot of people were asking about Liberty and about Snowflex, so it was a great recruiting tool and great publicity. A lot of the western schools were pumped on Liberty.”

LMSC is the first slope of its kind in North America and it has proven itself as an ideal training location. Leeds said his riders have an edge over other teams in the Southeast Conference because Snowflex gives them a more reliable place to train, and to try extreme stunts without as great a risk of injury.

“The surface doesn’t hurt as much when you fall so it allows us to really push the level of progression more than you would probably be allowed to on snow,” Leeds said. “Because Snowflex lets you build in so much repetition, once you get past the mental block of the fear of falling, the fundamentals of every trick you do just fall into place and it usually is a really easy transition (to snow). Everything starts to click because you’ve already developed that muscle memory on Snowflex.”

Drew Sherwood, General Manager of LMSC, said Liberty hopes to see one or more of the athletes who train there make the U.S. Olympic team.

“We definitely have some young rising stars that in the next five to 10 years could have a good chance at it,” he said.

With the success of their past “Off-Season Competitions”, LMSC will host The 2014 Snowflex Games, (formerly called the Dew Games) in Lynchburg, VA on April 25-26, with amateur and professional riders competing for US$15,000 in prize money in a variety of skiing and snowboarding Big Air and Rail Jam events. Registration can be found at

Liberty's "Divine" setup

New Kidsgrove slope moves forward
Posted Saturday 12th April 2014, 9:03 pm by ASC HQ
MK Enterprises are ready to supply their Playgrass Ski Carpet slope surface to the newly extended ski area at the volunteer-run Kidsgrove Ski Centre in England, which is celebrating 40 years of operations this year.

The new slope was conceived two years ago and initial work commenced last summer on phase 1, a mini ‘slope-style’ course – one of very few in the UK.

“We are on schedule to recommence construction of our new ski areas. The work will begin in the spring whilst the club is still open but to enable work to continue and to try to ensure we will be able to open on time for the new season in September, we will have to close the club a month earlier i.e. at the end of May instead of at the end of June,” said a Club statement.

A new ski lift has been ordered and should be installed by 31st July 2014 although a planned second lift, a travellator by the nursery area, has been delayed due to lack of funding.

The new slope will have a further 2300sqm of Playgrass Ski Carpet to make the park and will be open for the end of September.

Turkish Snowflex slope progresses well
Posted Tuesday 8th April 2014, 11:16 am by Dunx
The first major Snowflex® slope by Briton Engineering Developments Ltd in Asia at Altinoran, Ankara, Turkey is all going to plan and is keeping pace with the Sinpaº Group’s challenging construction programme.

The material for the 10,000m2 (107,640sqft) Snowflex® slopes (together with all the ancillary engineering components for the misting, water recycling and specialist water treatment works) is presently in production, with the first shipment due to leave Briton’s Holmfirth factory in the next two weeks. The first of around twenty 40ft containers will arrive on site at the beginning of May 2014 ready for installation by Briton’s engineers.

Altinoran’s slopes presently being prepared for the Snowflex® installation

The Altinoran landscape is presently undergoing a colossal transformation for the construction of the year-round Snowflex® ski slope. The main slope which will cater for recreational snowsporters and adrenaline junkies alike will be approx. 200m long x 45m wide, and the nursery slope will 30m x 30m. Tubing will also take place on the nursery slope.

The main slope, which is an evolution from slopes previously built, will include a “slope-style run” with a series of kickers, a table top, rollers, waves, three 4m high quarter pipes, a wall ride and a rail park – the kind of features that Briton has built in several Snowflex® facilities that have produced world class and Olympic athletes. A ski lodge is also currently under construction. The grand opening for the slopes and lodge is presently planned for October 2014.

For more information about the Snowflex® slopes at Altinoran, Ankara please visit and

Snowsport for Sheffield future hopes for Sheffield Ski Village
Posted Thursday 20th March 2014, 1:17 pm by Dunx
Sheffield Ski Village was a proper dryslope resort and one of the first to embrace SnowFlex as a more forgiving surface and cater specifically for freestyle with permanent features. The centre boasted the UK's only halfpipe; a halfpipe on which local boy Dom Harington learnt the skills that would eventually see him compete in the Sochi Olympics.

This was all before the rise of indoor slopes both north and south of Sheffield, which saw a gradual decline in business. SSV even had its own plans to go indoors, complete with a gondola from the city centre, but these plans fell through. The remoteness of the site left the slope vulnerable to theft and vandalism. In the early hours of Sunday 12thApril 2012, the main lodge went up in flames, although that was rules not to have been started deliberately by police. However, subsequent arson attacks in the following months put paid to any real hopes of the slope ever re-opening. The insurance industry suggested insuring the site as is, would be very difficult. The current owner plans to sell the land for housing.

However, during the Sochi games the Sheffield Ski Village was often mentioned as being key to many of our top athlete's success in winter sports. It would be great to see the slope rise once more and the additional of an indoor freestyle academy would be of huge benefit to the UK's freestyle athletes. This could arguably be built just about anywhere, but there's no doubting the nostalgia surrounding SSV and desire to see the location thrive once more.

Now, a community group are determined to bring the UK's former premier winter sports facility back from its current derelict state.

An online petition organised by Snowsport for Sheffield has already gathered nearly 4000 signatures in less than a month and a community launch meeting has been arranged for 10.30am, Wednesday 26th March at the Forum Bar in Sheffield, S3 7SB. All interested members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Press release from Snowsport For Sheffield

The shame of Sheffield’s ski village being left to slide into a sorry state has already gained national media attention. At a time when Team GB celebrates winning its first ever Olympic medal on the snow at Sochi, the former training home for many of the freestyle snowsport athletes lies in ruins.

This is why community group ‘Snowsport for Sheffield’ have started early discussions with a range of investors, designers and funding authorities to rebuild on the previous successes of Sheffield Ski Village and inspire the next generation of skiers and snowboarders.

Snowsport for Sheffield have ambitious plans to develop a new world class facility which would be home to a comprehensive range of snowsport activities. The overall aim is to firmly put Sheffield back on the map as a centre of snowsport excellence.

At the heart of the group's passion lies the knowledge that freestyle stars such as James Woods, James Machon, and Katie Summerhayes for Team GB had invaluable access to the Sheffield Ski Village during their formative years. They progressed from the nursery slopes and with hard work forged inside this supportive infrastructure became Olympic athletes.

The Ski Village, which has remained closed for over a year, has fallen victim to arson attacks. The owner of the 16.5 acre site has now applied for planning permission to build 70 houses on it. Snowsport believe that a site with such a strong sporting history should be re-invested in and brought back to life.

As Paul Yiend committee member for Snowsport Sheffield puts it, “Head coach of Team GB’s Freeski team Pat Sharples has recently stated how athletes’ freestyle Olympic success was down to the Sheffield Ski Village. UK centres in general are suffering from serious underinvestment, deterioration and lack of innovative planning. We envisage creating a world class facility that will nurture talent and provide access to future Olympic winter sports champions.”

Mission Statement

Snowsport for Sheffield is a working group of professional individuals with a passion to see the
resurgence of Sheffield as the innovative and leading centre for snowsport in the UK.

Key objectives

  1. Re-establish Sheffield as the Snowsport Centre for the UK.
  2. Create a platform for the next generation of Olympic hopefuls by encouraging talent and making snowsport accessible to all.
  3. Establish the UK’s first multi-sport freestyle training facility.
  4. Cement Sheffield’s place as the ‘City of Sport’ by working in partnership with existing facilities to create a Centre of Excellence.
  5. Deliver sustainable positive benefits for the local community and economy.

Sheffield was once a leading light in the snowsport industry, boasting Europe’s largest artificial Ski and Snowboard Centre. The creative vision of Sheffield Ski Village established a groundbreaking approach to artificial slopes worldwide. It was home to Europe’s largest artificial terrain, including the first and only permanent halfpipe, multiple runs, mogul field and extensive nursery slopes. In partnership with Sport England, Sheffield Ski Village was also able to provide a freestyle water jump facility, which cemented its reputation as a centre of excellence for freestyle training.

The grass roots attitude of the Ski Village broke down all of the barriers and perceptions historically associated with snowsports. It ensured access for all by providing affordable lessons to the general public, schools and youth groups in South Yorkshire and across the wider region. As a direct result of these facilities the vast majority of Great Britain’s Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Team have established themselves not only on The World Tour, but more recently in the
Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

As a result of the recent tragic demise of the Ski Village, the site and surrounding area has become a target for vandalism and crime. The once vibrant and economically successful facility is now a barren wasteland with the possibility of a housing development. The complete demise of such a notable sporting venue would be a tragedy, not only for the status and economic value the Ski Village brings to the city. The loss would also severely limit the snowsport opportunities for the children and young people of Sheffield. Should the envisaged housing development go ahead the likelihood of ever seeing such a wealth of talent from Sheffield at another Winter Olympic Games is highly unlikely. A truly saddening prospect.

We do not want this to be the untimely end of Sheffield’s snowsport heritage. With the help of passionate, forward-thinking and like-minded individuals we can change this outcome by putting in place facilities which will benefit many and change peoples lives. Our objectives will ensure we realise this...

Snowflex slope announced for Turkish capital
Posted Wednesday 5th March 2014, 1:30 pm by ASC HQ
Briton Engineering Developments, the British company behind the Snowflex surface, has announced it has signed a contract to design and build the first major Snowflex® slope on the Asian continent.
The slope will be a key attraction for the Sinpas Group and their prestigious Altinoran development in Ankara, Turkey.

The year-round Snowflex facility will cater for recreational snowsports and for adrenaline junkies with a 200m long x 45m wide main slope and a 30m x 30m nursery slope.
The main slope will include a series of kickers, a table top, rollers, waves, a 4m high quarter pipe and a rail park - features such as those built by Briton around the world that has already produced world class and Olympic athletes. It is envisaged that tubing will also take place on the nursery slope.

A ski lodge will also be built, permitting parties and other special events. Construction is due to begin in May 2014 with an anticipated grand opening in October 2014.

The Altinoran project is a major development combining 10,300 residential units with a total building area of 1,850,000m2. Located in Çankaya, a prestigious district in Ankara, the Altinoran Project is currently Turkey’s largest residential Project.

In addition to the 10,000m2 (107,640sqft) Snowflex® slopes that will be one of the central attractions to the development, other amenities will include Central Square where events and concerts will take place, an ice rink, hiking trails, a climbing centre, fitness areas, nature trails, cable car system as well as a multitude of cafés, bars, restaurants and shopping for Altinoran’s residents.

The new slope will be a part of the Sinpaş development

Burton Riglet Park at Snowtrax
Posted Thursday 20th February 2014, 12:53 pm by Dunx
Last Saturday Burton took over a section of Snowtrax’s Dryslope in Christchurch with The Burton Riglet Park. This is what they had to say...

The Riglet Park gives children a chance to experience snowboarding from the ages 3-6. Mother nature obviously approves of our Riglet scheme as we where graced with a decent patch of fair weather for the event in amongst the storms that have been battering the south coast these past few weeks.

Over 87 kids turn up to experience snowboarding in the 3 hours we where there. Lots of kids wanting to be the next Jamie Nicholls or Jenny Jones, so the Olympic Games are already showing positive signs of attracting the younger audience to snowboarding.

The kids put the Riglet Park through its paces as well as the team of budding young instructors towing them round. With gold medals being handed out left right and centre, claims of ‘never skiing again’ and showing there certificates off to there class mates at school on Monday. The Burton Riglet Park really did give these kids a taste of snowboarding, so much so the Saturday club for the following weekend has filled up fast.

The success of the Burton Riglet Park continues so keep your eyes out for more events coming soon.

Snowtrax are now teaching on the Riglet format so if you want to teach your kids to snowboard give them a call on 01202 499 155

Burton, pulling kids in the right direction.


First SnowFlex slope plans for Turkey
Posted Thursday 13th February 2014, 3:56 pm by Dunx
Hot on the heels of the success in the Winter Olympics in Sochi Briton Engineering Developments is delighted to announce it has signed a contract to design and build the first major Snowflex® slope on the Asian continent. The slope will be a key attraction for the Sinpaş Group and their prestigious Altinoran development in Ankara, Turkey.

The Altinoran project is an outstanding development combining 10,300 residential units with a total building area of 1,850,000m2. Located in Çankaya, a most prestigious district in Ankara, the Altınoran Project with its impressive social facilities, is Turkey’s largest residential Project.

In addition to the 10,000m2 (107,640sqft) Snowflex® slopes that will be one of the central attractions to the development, other amenities will include Central Square where events and concerts will take place, an ice rink, hiking trails, a climbing centre, fitness areas, nature trails, cable car system as well as a multitude of stylish cafés, bars and restaurants and prestigious shopping for Altinoran’s residents.

Snowtrax wins international award at ISPO
Posted Monday 3rd February 2014, 6:45 pm by Dunx
Cornwall-based Proslope has won the prestigious 2014 Gold Award – Action Sports Concept at ISPO, the annual international exhibition of sports gear and fashion, held in Munich.

Proslope manufactures and installs artificial snowsports surfaces. To date, it has exported worldwide to countries including the United States, Canada, Japan and China.

Proslope was one of 2,565 international brands at the ISPO show last month, which attracted 80,000 visitors from 110 countries. Previous winners of ISPO awards include top international brands such as NIXON, GoPro, Burton Snowboards, Salomon and The North Face.

“With so many big international brands present, I'm thrilled that we walked away with the Gold Award,” comments Chris O’Connell, Director for Proslope. “I think the judges were impressed with the concept and innovation that’s gone into making Proslope work so well.”

Proslope came about in 2008 after several years of research and development and experimentation with what materials were already being used on ‘artificial’ ski slopes across the UK, and realising their advantages and disadvantages. Spotting an opportunity to address the shortcomings, and after many broken fingers and thumbs, Proslope was born.

The key aspects of its success is that it’s safe, long-lasting, easy to maintain and affordable enough to offer customers and investors a realistic return on investment. Proslope has been praised by many snowsports industry experts as the closest thing to real snow and more consistent. Eric Davies (BASI Trainer) from Salomon says: "It is the first time I've seen anyone properly carve on an artificial ski slope.

It is also the only artificial surface to work with all aspects of snowsports from alpine racing, freeskiing, Nordic and snowboarding, as well as tobogganing and snowtubing.

Through its sister company Snowtrax in Dorset, Proslope also operates the most commercially successful snowsports centre in the UK.

Becky Menday at Snowtrax

New dry slope for Ireland
Posted Tuesday 7th January 2014, 9:07 am by ASC HQ
Ireland’s first all-weather public ski slope to open for several decades is scheduled to open in Cork later this year.

The Irish Department of Transport and Tourism is to invest €21,000 in the Glen Resource Centre, a community-based sports centre in Cork city, where the 30m long slope is expected to be completed next summer.

“The size of the slope will be 30 metres long by 4 metres wide and will cater for kids, young people and adults who are complete beginners. We will also cater for people with disabilities, due to the great adaptability of skiing as an activity. Activities such as snowboarding and snow tubing will also be introduced,” said a statement on the centre’s website.

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