The Sheffield ski slope first opened in 1988 and was the largest artificial ski slope in Europe. It had 5 slopes and produced some of Great Britain’s most successful Winter Olympians. The ski slope closed in 2012, with the owners stating they were sick of being the victims of crime. The ski village has been subject to 9 arson attacks since it closed. Today, there is barely anything left and nature has mostly taken back over the slopes.

Over the years, there have been various proposals for the future use of the site. A housing proposal was knocked back. Instead, Sheffield council seem to want some sort of sporting facility on the land. Which, I think is fantastic.

Sheffield Council have recently appointed the EXTREME Destinations-led consortium to develop, launch and operate a 48-acre, $30.5 million long-term sustainable EXTREME branded world class sports, leisure and accommodation solution on the old ski slope land.

For lovers of snow sports, the nearest slopes currently to Sheffield are Castleford and Manchester, something in Sheffield would definitely fill the geographical gap.

For now, the ski village remains derelict. An overgrown mass of weeds and rubbish. Fingers crossed the new development gets the go ahead soon.

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The Google entry always makes me laugh ‘temporarily closed’ since 2012.

I love this image. You can see the Kelvin Flats and the Neepsend gas cylinders in the background, both have been demolished.