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Firefighters responded to several fires at the former Sheffield Ski Village last week that are thought to have been purposely set. The ski area, which closed down in 2012 after being completely destroyed by arson, is currently preparing to re-open with an expanded offering of adventure sports and leisure activities. The indoor skiing facilities at Sheffield were once one of the largest in Europe, but since 2012 the site has been home to regular blazes, the last one being in June of this year. Nevertheless, the project is proceeding as planned and is scheduled to open in several phases starting in 2019.
The indoor ski area at Sheffield was home to some of the country's most illustrious Winter Olympics athletes, including freestyle skiers Katie and Molly Summerhayes, Peter Speight and James Woods. After being completely destroyed by fire in 2012, the Sheffield Ski Village is scheduled to undergo a £22.5 million renovation by the company Extreme Destinations, which also has projects in Wales, France, Japan and America.
The proposed project will transform the old ski area into a modern adventure sports destination with mountain bike trails, live music spaces, accommodation, restaurants, bars and a new ski lodge. Further proposed activities include indoor skydiving, ziplining, canoeing and a virtual-reality hub. It’s expected that the site will initially provide around 100 jobs, and hopefully more in the future.
The incident last week included multiple fires, one of which caused damage to a grassy area near the former ski slope. Luckily, according to the developer, the fires shouldn’t cause any setbacks in the renovations. The dry slope is slated to open as early as 2019.
Britain is home to a number of indoor slopes, including some that even have moguls and freestyle facilities. An indoor ski slope set to start construction soon in Wales would be one of the largest in Europe. In addition to the indoor skiing facilities, Britain also boasts around a dozen outdoor ski areas outdoor ski areas. These are highly dependent on the variable weather and often only open for 30-40 days a year, but on a good day, they boast fantastic off-piste skiing. And you can always count on the genuine enthusiasm of the regulars!
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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