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Snowsports for Sheffield

02 December 2015 By Verity Eyre

Proposals to Revive Sheffield's Ski Facilities Are Gaining Momentum

A group of passionate snowsports enthusiast have formed Snowsport for Sheffield in a bid to re-establish Sheffield as the snowsports centre for the UK. The BBC reported on the press launch held by Snowsport for Sheffield yesterday (26 March 2014) to start the process of attracting investment for their proposals.

Sheffield Ski Village was Europe’s largest artificial ski and snowboard centre and its ground-breaking approach to artificial slopes was copied worldwide. As a direct result of this facility, Great Britain’s Freestyle ski and snowboard teams have established themselves on the World Tour and also at the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi. Team GB Olympians James Woods, Katie Summerhayes and James Machon all previously trained at Sheffield Ski Village. Sadly the Ski Village was destroyed by a fire in 2012 and the now derelict site has become a target for crime and vandalism.

Snowsport for Sheffield are proposing that an extensive Snowsports facility is built on the old Ski Village site to include a range of pistes from beginner to expert, moguls, half-pipe, rails and jumps, a toboggan track and cross-country skiing. The facility would also include an indoor freestyle training area with foam pits, trampolines, sprung gymnastic floors and jumps, much like The Barn’ by Woodward at Copper in the USA. It would be an all-encompassing facility with physiotherapy, strength training and rehabilitation also on site. The facility could potentially be linked with Parkwood Springs mountain bike area to create a true action sports centre. It is proposed that the facility would also offer adaptive skiing to make the sport accessible to people with disabilities.

The proposals have support from many Sheffield residents, Snowflex, Snowsport England and chairman Al Bister reports that a recent meeting with Sheffield City council has been very encouraging. The project is [endorsed by a range of athletes](endorsed by a range of athletes 'Athletes Endorse Snowsport Sheffield') and Ski Sunday presenter Ed Leigh.

If you would like to see brand new snowsports facilities in Sheffield, providing open access for all, you can support Snonwsports for Sheffield by signing this petition.

For updates on the campaign, follow Snowsports For Sheffield on Facebook or Twitter.