Roughly two years ago, the largest dry slope in the UK was burnt down by arsonists. Until the rise of the snowdomes, Sheffield ski village was the life of the English freeskiing and snowboarding scene. Woodsy learnt to ski there, it's proximity to a popular skate park attracted him and many others to take up skiing and snowboarding.
Unlike the snowdomes, the ski village had a natural vibe to it. It didn't feel manufactured, like a tonne of money had been thrown at producing something world class. It was a complete shithole, but one of the best loved shitholes in the world. It didn't cost £25 ($40) to ski for two hours. Fuck, it didn't cost much more than that to ski there for a week. It was accessible, I could walk there from my house on the outskirts of sheffield in 45 minutes. From the city centre, only twenty. While the snowdomes perpetuate the idea that skiing and snowboarding were elitist, only for the few who actually want to pay £30 for half an evenings entertainment, the ski village was the opposite.
Since it burnt down, it has only become worse. The dry slope has degraded and overgrown beyond all hope of repair. It is well known now as a spot to dump your old sofa, then burn it out along with whatever else you want gone.
The 1000000000000000th petition to save the ski village has recently been launched. Even though the bar has been set low at 1000 signatures, after the relative successes the British olympic team this petition is slowly gathering momentum.
Please help us and sign the petition.