This Christmas the good people of Cornwall won’t have to travel hundreds of miles to get their snow fix. Thanks to Winterpark Cornwall and Briton Engineering Developments of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, Truro’s Lemon Quay will become home to Briton’s first ever UK city centre snow slope this winter.
Each year thousands of people in Cornwall plan a holiday in the ski resorts of Europe and the USA to get away from the wet and grey winters of the UK, to enjoy the snow. But this year Cornwall will get its own piece of Alpine action when the UK’s first city centre ski slope comes to Truro.
There will be skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and snow-tubing right in the centre of Truro, thanks to winter sports specialists Winterpark Cornwall and Briton Engineering Developments.
For the first time ever in the UK, The Winterpark team are bringing an innovative 30-metre public ski and snowboard slope to Lemon Quay as the centrepiece of the 2006/2007 Truro Winter Festival.
Alongside Christmas shopping and a whole range of winter style activities, people of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy a couple of hours either learning to ski or snowboard for the first time. There will also be an adjoining alpine café to add to the Alps style atmosphere.
The Winterpark is now open to the public. The taster slope which is surfaced with award winning Snowflex® provides the closest sensation to real snow and minimises the chance of injury. The slope will be open every day (except for Christmas Day) until the middle of January and a full programme of activities with ‘learn to ride’ sessions for new learners and improvers, film shows, big air demonstrations and skiing and snowboarding competitions will be announced over the coming weeks.
A number of highly trained, specialised instructors will be on hand at all times and the slope will be patrolled to ensure the ultimate health and safety for all users.
“I’ve been dreaming for over 20 years that Cornwall would eventually have its own ski slope and it’s certainly long overdue,” said Winterpark Cornwall’s MD, Chris O’Connell.
“Winterpark Cornwall will give regular and new skiers and snowboarders alike the chance to get out there and feel the exhilaration of the mountains either before or after they do their Christmas shopping so that should certainly make it a much more interesting experience.”
This particular slope will act as an initial taster for the parent Winterpark project which will be up and running by 2007/8.