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INDOOR SKI RACES OFF OVER SAFETY FEARS - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Tuesday August 23, 2016 - Email this article to a friend

Two big events due to be held at the Chill Factore in Manchester this August Bank Holiday weekend have been called off following safety fears due to poor snow quality.

The Eastern Region Snowsports Association (ERSA) Open Challenge Race on Saturday and The British Ski and Boarder Cross Championships, due to be held on Sunday, have both been postponed.

The organisers say they were left with no choice because of the risk posed by poor snow conditions.

A statement on the Snowsport England website says "the postponement is due to organisers of both events agreeing that the races cannot be delivered to an accepted standard and safety as a result of the snow conditions at Chill Factore".

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On its website the ERSA chair, Bernie Wright, cites several comments made about conditions at the Chill Factore during the Anglo-Welsh Championships, which were held at the slope on 13 August.

"They were very below par and the worst that many have seen in recent years," he says.

"This not only affected the quality of the experience for racers but there was also a lot of concern from people at the event about the safety to racers with such poor conditions".

Mr Wright says the Technical Director was close to calling the race off and the event was able to take place only as a result of the massive support of helpers constantly repairing the course. 

After talking to a lot of people who were there that weekend he says "the constant message is not to run another event until the conditions are improved as there is a serious chance of injury to people".

ERSA says the postponement is regrettable and the decision was not taken lightly. 

Entry fees will be refunded and talks are taking place with the Chill Factore to try to fix a new date.

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So what's wrong with the snow there?

According to Bernie Wright, the centre's piste basher has broken down and there are no plans to produce any more new snow before September. 

A contributor to the Snowheads chat forum described the snow as "like sand, it just wouldn't bind together".

Unfortunately, PlanetSKI is unable to shed any further light on the matter. 

We contacted the Chill Factore.

We were told:   "We are not making any comment at this stage".

They know how to get in touch with us if they change their mind.

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