Skiers have returned to the abandoned slopes of Sheffield Ski Village - for a dramatic short film which has gone viral in one day.
Skiers have returned to the abandoned slopes of Sheffield Ski Village – for a dramatic short film which has gone viral in a day.
More than 20,000 people have watched the video - where two skiers and a boarder ride the charred remains of the iconic slope, which was destroyed in a fire in 2012 - since its release on Wednesday.
The film was put out by Salt Street Productions , founded by Edward Birch, who studied in Sheffield and now lives in Crookes.
The 23-year-old said the aim was to ‘drum up support for the Sheffield Ski Village in the city known as the sporting capital of the UK.’
He added: “The aim was really to bring it to people’s attention to the fact that the ski village is still there, still decaying and we wanted to get it back in the public’s mind and see if we can speed up the process of it being reinstated.
“It was pretty sad to see what it is like now because it was a big part of a lot of people’s childhoods, hopefully it has got a brighter future.”
The facility, owned by Kevin Pullan, was the largest artificial ski resort in Europe and used by Olympian skier Katie Summerhayes among others to train.
Since the first fire in 2012 it has been repeatedly targeted by arsonists, vandals and fly tippers.
In January Sheffield Council confirmed it was working on a masterplan for the 150-acre site at Parkwood Springs to transform the area into a major leisure attraction although it was at an ‘embryonic stage.’
A council spokesman said there were ‘ongoing legal proceedings with the tenant of the disused ski village’ on which its future was dependent.
She added: “Unfortunately we are unable to comment further at this time other than to say our absolute first priority and concern is for the safety of the public. “
“Anyone trespassing on the disused ski village site is putting themselves and others in danger.”
Mr Birch said: “We had to clear the site to make sure it was safe before we used it - they are very experienced and know what they are doing but not every skier could go on there.”
Mr Pullan did not comment.