As snow centres across England re-open this week, many skiers may be wondering how exactly things will have changed since those busy pre-Coronavirus days that seem a lifetime ago.
Manchester’s Chill Factore re-opened its 180m slope on 17th August, alongside a highly informative video demonstrating the measures that have been put in place to keep both visitors and staff safe during their visit to the longest indoor real snow slope in the UK.
Chill Factore has implemented changes to opening hours, lesson sizes and the number of activities on offer, in order to allow for good social distancing.
Before visiting, skiers must pre-book their tickets online and collect them from the self-service machines or Guest Reception upon arrival. Changing facilities and clothing hire will be closed, so visitors must arrive fully dressed for the slopes, although hire equipment can still be collected indoors (fully sanitised of course).
On the slopes, social distancing will be enforced in queues and on the ski lift. Interestingly, Chill Factore have introduced a brand-new ‘Friends & Family’ ski lesson option to replace Group Lessons for the time being, meaning groups from the same household or bubble can take lessons together on the slopes.
Staff will be wearing PPE and protective screens and sanitising stations will be in place throughout the centre.
Lessons, as well as socially distanced snow park sessions, will be available from 24th August 2020.
On the re-opening, Chill Factore CEO Morwenna Angove said: “We are thrilled to be able to reopen our doors to guests in August. Chill Factore has been granted the Visit England ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation meaning that all of the safety measures in place are in line with Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.
We ask that all guests follow the new measures for both their own safety and the safety of our team members, but most of all we ask all guests to have fun!”
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