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, November 9, 2019
Reporter Brian Alcock
September has been the usual call to arms for all you keen Skiers it's always good to see old friends returning. The conditions at Chill Factore have been surprisingly good over this period both morning and evening sessions were free of the usual bump's.
October saw the start of Chill Factore instruction. The Thursday morning meet was very well attended and there was good feedback for the coaching from our own John Cook and the instructor's from Chill Factore.
Wednesday evening was a return to varied conditions although considering it was the half term holidays it's wasn't too difficult. Once again the meet was well attended followed by lively conversation in Wetherspoon's afterwards.
If you feel you've reached the last ditch in your skiing take heart from Boris Johnson and leap over that ditch don't die in it!
There will be coaching from John Cook and Chill Factore instruction through until the end of March to help you leap those ditches so come and join us on the second Thursday morning of each month or the fourth Wednesday evening.
See you there.
Plesase 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.