Let Ski Village go back to natures and save money

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One of the big attractions of the Ski Village was good value. A swift lift up, a swift ski down. £15 for two hours was lots of ski time.

In 2006 the then proprietor invited The X Games to Sheffielda nd for two months the new half-pipe and water jump were all the rage.

Unfortunately, the new ‘tricks’ slope replaced the long and easy mums and kids slope.

So after the X Games had gone, business at the Ski Village was reduced to the point that it closed for a while. When it reopened some months later, the dry ski slopes were still empty and bankruptcy was rumoured.

Five or sixmonths later the Ski Lodge mysteriously burned to the ground. After a contractor cleared the debris, leaving behind some piles of demolition rubble, a second small fire was started by vandals.

By this time, the isolated approach road had become a dumping ground for fly tippers.

The site is unsuited to housing. It is directly below Sheffield’s main landfill and is isolated from main roads at the top of a steep lane, trapped behind heavy industry.

If the owner wishes to avoid paying for a clear-up then perhaps the marine stainless dry slope grids will provide £10-15,000 in scrap value.

This will allow trees, hawks and rabbits, to recolonise creating a corridor for deer and a trail linking Shirecliffe to the Riverside/Five Weirs Walk and the city centre.

Iain Stokes

Firshill