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The indoor snowsports centre in Manchester closed its main slope after complaints about poor snow. New snow has been made and the slope is now open to the public. UPDATED

The main slope re-opened on Saturday morning.

"We have made good progress since Tuesday with the works to repair the base layer of the main slope and lay down fresh snow. Grooming of the snow took place yesterday evening," said a statement from the Chill Factore.

However there are still some restrictions.

"We have taken the decision to suspend race training until the end of the month, as we do not want to compromise our guests' experience. We are sorry for any disappointment this may cause and plan to bring race training back in March,"

"Thank you for your patience and support this week."

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The slope closed last Tuesday following complaints that the snow was in very poor condition.

It issued a statement at the time:

"We have undertaken a further assessment of the snow conditions on the main slope and regret to announce that it will remain closed until the end of the day on Friday (3rd Feb 17).

"During that time, we will be undertaking work to repair the base snow layer at the top of the slope and increasing our snow-making capacity to build up the areas where the snow levels are low.

"Everyone who has a booking for the main slope who is affected by the closure will be contacted shortly so we can make alternative arrangements for you.

"We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused.

"Our beginner slope, Snow Park and Mini Moose Land are unaffected and remain open as usual."

The staff have been hard at work all week:

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"We're hard at work rebuilding the base layer of snow on the main slope and adding fresh snow," said the Chill Factore as work was underway.

Chill Factore has the longest indoor slope in the UK but has been troubled by poor snow in the past.

A competition was called off back in August 2016 as we reported at the time on PlanetSKI.

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Numerous complaints about the slope were posted online.

Some skiers have said they have seen 'slush' on the normally powdery slopes, while others claim they have seen exposed metal and matting underneath the surface, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Lewis Nearly Barrow said: "The slope has bit by bit fallen apart...The quality of the slope is disgusting with slush, patches of ice, metal pipes exposed and huge black areas."

Chris Vernon posted: "Went Saturday morning at 8am and the snow was cr*p !!!!, bits of black matting showing, snow around the lift areas was ankle deep which made hard work for getting to lift. Love to know if the piste had been groomed from night before ??? overall not a good visit this time, sorry."

Chris Brown said: "Almost 80 per cent ice at the top of the slope, you could see rubber matting poking through the snow which people were falling over. Then they closed half the slope entry at the top because one side was almost complete ice and pretty much everyone was falling on it."

For further details see this article in The Manchester Evening News.

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