Ski slope reopens after 3 year fundraising push.
The ski slope at Plas-y-Brenin re-opened in September 2014 after a 3 year closure much to the delight of local skiers. The slope closed in 2011 after a survey found it needed tens of thousands of pounds spending on it in order to bring it up to standard.
The closure was a blow to the local community many of whom are keen skiers, but it was only when a group of local school children decided to protest that the campaign to save the slope really gained momentum.
A facebook campaign was launched and attracted UK wide support. The North Wales Snowsports Club, which has used the slope since the 1960s, and local activists set about raising the £50,000 required to upgrade the slope.
The funding target was finally achieved in 2012 a donation of £12,500 was pledged by the Skiers Trust, further sizable anonymous local donations and local fundraising raised £25,000 which was match funded by Sport England.
Jayne Wainwright, The chairman of the North Wales Snowsport Club commented, "Getting the slope re-opened is a massive achievement. We've had a huge amount of support from the Snowsport Community, but it was the financial commitment of the Skiers Trust and Sport England that really made the difference and enabled us to raise the money to repair the slope".
She added, "The slope at Plas-y-Brenin has, over the years, has produced a number of top class skiers. Many of whom have skied competitively some have even represented Wales and the GB. I'm looking forward to seeing a whole new generation benefit from this fantastic resource".
The slope is now open for business and North Wales Snowsports Club sessions are running regularly. These sessions cater for the very young 3 years and above and the over 50s session offer mature skiers the chance to have a go or improve their technique!