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.

Check our events page for dates and times and join the mailing list for updates and reminders of meets.

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

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.

Coffee shop - Café Extreme - opens 9.00am.
Slope opens 10.00am.
Julie Dean-Roberts, Janet Winstanley or Brian Alcock will be there to meet and greet from about 9.30am.

Ski Evenings

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 Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Reporter: Julie_Dean-Roberts

Following the government announcement on the 31st October regarding lockdown measures, Chill Factore will be closed from Thursday 5th November.

When it re-opens:

Friends and family lessons will be available, but, in a new format.

The current Social distancing rules mean that they are currently unable to offer ‘group lessons’ or snow school.

We must also expect some changes as listed below:

  • A reduction in opening hours — 12 noon – 8pm
  • Weekend opening times are 10.00 to 18:00
  • Tickets are £32 for 2 hours with no off peak or over 60 rates, nor can we use our SCoM discount
  • Social distancing of 2 metres apart where possible
  • Team members wearing gloves and face coverings
  • Cashless payment only
  • Pre-booking online only
  • Different (and one-way) layout of the Changing Village and wider building
  • No changing cubicles or lockers — arrive ready to go on the slope
  • No rental clothing
  • Sanitisation stations

The new Friends & Family lessons will be available for either individuals, or a group of friends & family from the same household or support bubble who do not need to socially distance from one another.

Please see the Chill Factore web site for further information.

Further updates will be posted in due course.