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 (September through to February). 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 currently every second Thursday in the month. Book ahead directly with Chill Factore to be sure of a place on the slope. From September we'll be changing to the second Wednesday to avoid the "Terrain Features" which take up half 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.
Coffee shop - Café Extreme - opens 9.00am.
Slope opens 10.00am.
Jennifer Bridgland will usually be there to meet and greet from about 9.30am.
Evening social ski / meets are usually every fourth Wednesday in the month. From October to March the Club provides an instructor from 7.00pm to 9.00pm 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.
Val Poole will usually be there to meet and greet from about 6.30pm.
Additional evening mogul sessions run from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and there is a £5 per person charge to offset the cost of the instruction.
News from the Chill Factore
Thursday morning 9th June. Reporter: Jen Bridgeland
There were 12 attendees on this Thursday morning session.
There are no Chill Factore coaches during the summer months but of course we still have the wonderful John Cook giving us his excellent help.
Coaching sessions with John are always hugely enjoyable and we learn a lot too. I particularly like the ‘no negative vibes’ ethos.
Still only half a slope, but with fewer people skiing it was a lot better than on some occasions during the winter months. Also, the other half was moguls this time, so a few people had some fun on those. Plus it was good to watch telemarking from David Shepherd!
Post ski coffee was split between Costa and the Lift Up café. The reason for splitting between café’s was a combination of limited capacity in the Lift Up countered by the clearly irresistible veggie & vegan food options available there. I recommend the ‘Dirty Vegan Toastie’!
Wednesday evening 22nd June. Reporter: Janet Winstanley
On the 22nd June I was pleased to welcome two very new members to the Wednesday evening session at the Chill Factore : Anthony Kiantos and an even newer member Raymond Chan.
The slope was very quiet, I didn’t ski having been on a long cycle ride earlier in the day.
John Cook was there to help all 5 SCoM members with their skiing.