New Sheffield Ski Village developer 'sticking with' £25million project despite Covid delays

The boss of the firm behind a £25m adventure sports complex in Sheffield said despite delays due to Covid they were ‘sticking with it 100 per cent’.

By David Walsh
Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 7:00 am

Alastair Gosling, of Extreme, said they now hoped to open on the former Ski Village site at Parkwood Springs in 2023.

Participation in outdoor activities had soared and the company had ‘the most amazing opportunity as its fingertips’, he added.

A planning application is set to be submitted within the next four months.

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Extreme hopes to open the site in 2023

The news will come as a relief to extreme sports fans after the original site closed in 2012 and was hit by repeated arson attacks.

Redevelopment has been discussed for years, with Extreme first coming forward in 2017.

Mr Gosling said: “It’s been a struggle with Covid but we are sticking with it 100 per cent. We’re excited about our plans and vision for Sheffield.

“Don’t think of it as a ski slope, it will be an extreme and adventure sports complex. There are not many sites like it anywhere in the world and there’s a lot of positivity from people in Sheffield.”

The site is a dumping ground after becoming derelict.

Activities are set to include ski, snowboard, mountain bike, BMX, rock climbing, zip line, luge, skateboard, e-gaming and two chair lifts. A surf lake is earmarked for phase 2.

It is also set to have live music, bars, work space, shops and lodges.

The firm is working with partners including Sheffield City Council The authority, which owns the land, signed it over to Extreme on a 150-year lease.

The project will be financed by two investment banks, Mr Gosling said.

These kids from Firth Park Community College jump to it on their snowboard lesson at Sheffield Ski Village

Meanwhile, Sheffield City Council says it is has not yet received £6m from Sheffield City Region to improve access to the site.

A spokeswoman said: “We are in the detailed design stages and hope to be able to secure the funding in the coming months. The funding will be for the access road, car park and associated infrastructure. We hope that the works will be able to commence this year.”

Sheffield Ski Village was one of the world’s largest dry ski slope centres. Several British Olympic team and World Champions learned to ski or board and honed their skills there.

Sheffield Ski Village was once the largest artificial ski resort in Europe but it closed in 2012 after a fire ripped through the site, and there have been numerous blazes since.

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Olympic skier Jilly Curry trying out the new £100,000 National Aerials Training Centre's ramp and pool at the Sheffield Ski Village, 1999