The long awaited redevelopment of Sheffield Ski Village, one of Europe and the UK’s former leading dry ski centres, is still due to go ahead according to its developer.
Alastair Gosling, of Extreme, told the Sheffield Star newspaper that the company now hoped to open the £25m project on the former Ski Village site in two years’ time in 2023.
Gosling pointed to the fact that staycations and a pent-up desire for outdoor activities had leapt in the pandemic putting the development in a stronger position.
Sheffield Ski Village closed in 2012 after a spate of arson attacks. The centre was where a number of Britain’s current leading freestyle skiers and snowboarders, many of whom have risen to the very highest level on the world stage, first developed their skills.
(the former site)
Extreme, who were identified by Sheffield council as the preferred developer in 2017, say a planning application for the new facility is set to be submitted within the next four months.
Besides dry ski and snowboard slopes the centre will also offer mountain biking, BMX, rock climbing, a zip line and luge run all served by two chairlifts. There will also be skateboarding facilities and a surf lake is earmarked for “phase 2.”
“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,” Mr Gosling told The Star.
(The launch of the new plans in 2017)