The former ski village, once home to the UK’s largest dry ski slope facility where several of Britain’s current crop of world class freestyle skiers and boarders first learnt their tricks has suffered 55 arson attacks in the past five years.
The ski village closed in April 2012 after an arson attack destroyed its main buildings, and the local fire service have revealed that there have been 86 fire engines attending the 55 fires – eight of which were actually recorded in 2011 before the centre was forced to close. With no one know to ever have been caught setting any of these fires, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has warned arsonists that fires at the abandoned site could put people at risk, as fire engines could be attending a fire there when there’s an emergency somewhere else.
There have been a number of attempts to work out a way to reopen the ski village over the past four years but so far none has proved successful. Snowsport For Sheffield established in March 2014 say that plans to build a new Olympic standard facility are potentially still on, but not likely to happen any time soon.
The site’s owners say that because of its size, location and derelict nature it’s difficult to prevent arson attacks. Fire service officials say they’re working with the police to try to catch the arsonist(s).