Sheffield ski club resumes after fire

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TRAINING sessions are set to begin again at Sheffield Ski Village - less than a fortnight after fire ravaged the main buildings at the site.

Members of Sheffield Sharks ski club who train there have been given permission by the village’s management to resume regular training - as long as there is no further vandalism.

A devastating blaze destroyed the main building in the early hours of Sunday, April 29, followed by a smaller fire in the ski lift control tower at the top of the slopes.

Martin Carr, communications officer for the Sharks, said: “We are planning to go up to the ski village tomorrow and hope to resume training sessions - as long as there is no further vandalism.

“The slopes have been untouched by the fire and our building was also undamaged, apart from some graffiti.

“We have spoken to the ski village management and whilst they are still in discussions with their insurers about what to do with the site in the long-term, they are happy to let us resume use of the slopes.”

Mr Carr said the Sharks has about 100 members, about 20 of whom are expected to train on Saturday.

He said it was not possible to open the slopes to the general public because all the clothing and equipment available for hire has ‘gone up in smoke’. Norman Gill, Sheffield Sharks’ head coach, said: “I’ve spent 24 years at the ski village. It was devastating when the fire happened.

“We’ve been told the electricity is still on, so the lift is still working and the lubrication system is still working so we’re going to have volunteers from the Sheffield Ski Village staff to help with that side of things.

“With that and the energy and enthusiasm from the parents and the volunteer instructors we’re going to get skiing back for Sheffield’s young people.”

Before the fire, Sheffield Sharks met at the ski village on Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings.

Sheffield Ski Village was unavailable for comment.