Ski Club of Manchester local skiing
We have regular ski meets at Manchester's indoor slope, Chill Factore. Some are purely social events while at others the club provides instructors for on a fairly informal basis.
N.B. You must be a member of the Ski Club of Manchester to participate. It is possible to join on the day provided full payment is made. Details and application form here.
The free coaching we provide is not not suitable for complete beginners.
It is up to each individual to book the slope for themselves in advance. SCoM members can get a 15% discount with the code which is published in the newsletter or by presenting their membership card at "Guest Recepotion". Bookings can be made at reception, online or by telephone (0161 749 2222). There is a £1.99 Credit Card fee but the normal £2.99 telephone booking fee will be waived if the discount code is used.
Coaching and instruction
SCoM pay for the provision of Ski Instruction from the Chill Factore during the build-up to the ski season and throughout the winter months (October through to March). Typically three ski instructors are hired for our Thursday sessions and one for Wednesday evening sessions. In addition, our own Club Coach — John Cook, provides ski coaching to the membership THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE YEAR. John’s coaching is provided on a voluntary basis and is subject to his availability, however, he attempts to be at as many Chill Factore sessions as possible.
We differentiate between instruction and coaching to reflect both the qualification and insurance that is being applied to the particular session i.e. that provided by the Chill Factore Ski School, or that provided by SnowSport England (of which SCoM is registered as a Club and John a Coach). On a practical level instruction and coaching at the Chill Factore are similar in nature.
Should you wish to build your skills over the whole year, consider talking to John and making use of this free club resource. John is qualified both as a Coach (IVSI and SSE Level 4) and an Instructor (BASI Alpine Level 2).
Ski Mornings are usually every second Thursday in the month. Book ahead directly with Chill Factore to be sure of a place on the slope.
On the days where we provide coaching (October through to March) the instructors (3) will be available from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. We all ski and chat (some can even do both together!!) and go for coffee or lunch afterwards. Contact Julie Dean-Roberts in advance if you want to join the lesson.
Evening social ski / meets are usually every fourth Wednesday in the month. From October to March the Club provides an instructor from 8.00pm to 10.00pm for those who wish take advantage of free tuition and John Cook will be on hand for additional coaching. Again we go for a coffee, chocolate or beer afterwards. Book ahead directly with Chill Factore to be sure of a place on the slope and contact Julie Dean-Roberts in advance if you want to join a lesson.
Additional evening mogul sessions run from 8.00pm to 10.00pm and there is a £5 per person charge to offset the cost of the instruction.
News from the Chill Factore
Updated Saturday, May 2, 2020
Reporter Brian Alcock
The March 12th meet at Chill Factore had quite a reasonable attendance considering the oncoming crisis. It takes a lot to put off SCOM members. We had three Chill Factore instructors Garry, James and our own Alison. The parallel development was very popular probably due to John Cook being in Canada (the lucky dog) and all seemed happy with their instruction. The short turns were testing the members resolve although all reported progress afterwards. For myself and one other on the carving we had a good build up with excellent technique tips from Garry. I always find these sessions valuable as angulation and edge control go hand in hand!.
As I'm sure you all know by this time, the Wednesday evening meet was cancelled due to Chill Factore being closed until after the present situation resolves. Hopefully this won't be too long and I hope to see all the regular old friends and also any new members all Hale and Hearty!
My previous Motto was: the more you ski the better you'll be. Now due to getting out on the old push iron more than ever it's: 20 miles a day keeps COVID at bay.
Stay Safe Hope to see you all soon.
Please don’t forget to let Julie Dean-Roberts know you are attending any SCoM session by the day before at the latest and remember to sign in on the day so that you are covered by SnowSport England’s third-party insurance. Usually Brian Alcock will be there to meet and greet.
On Thursdays, meet at reception at 10.00am or at 10:10am at the top of the slope.