Whether you're a fan of snow sports or just a bit of a fiend for the winter feeling in general, you can sate your appetite by venturing down to Chill Factore in Manchester. With just a short drive from Manchester's centre, Chill Factore offers numerous activities for you to try both in the snow and on their climbing wall.
Chill Factore boasts an authentic experience for anyone in to skiing and snowboarding, be it from complete beginners to the piste professionals. The snow makes a huge difference if you are used to dry ski slopes for those pre-holiday practice sessions and if you have never set foot on a slope in your life, you can take part in lessons that will give you the skills you need.
Perhaps the main activities are those aimed towards skiing and snowboarding, with a massive indoor main slope at 180 metres long, supposedly the level of a hard blue run or an easy red in the French Alps. The main slope, as big as it is, goes quickly when you are a competent skier or snowboarder thus most of your time might be spent travelling up in the button lift in comparison to ski time. A small sacrifice for the convenience of it all!
It doesn't stop there for the skiers and snowboarders. Freestyle nights are just one example of events that are held at Chill Factore on the main slope. You can see a full list of the events here.
Lessons at the Chill Factore are great. I had a beginner day lesson before my ski holiday and the instructor was excellent. Patient and friendly yet highly efficient, I couldn't really have asked for more. There are plenty of options for lessons, whether you are looking for 1 to 1 tuition or just in a group, you can choose. Be aware that these are not cheap. I recommend looking at the options on the website before you go.
Skiing and snowboarding aside, there are other activities to suit anyone. The Avalanche is there for any adrenaline junkies look to roll down a snow slope, as well as other more family friendly activities in the snow, such as sledging and airboarding. A full list of snow activities such as these can be found here. Finally for those of you less interested in the snow there is a decent sized climbing wall for you to try your hands (and feet) at.
At the end of such an action packed day, one might be feeling a little fatigued. Chill Factore has an answer to this problem by offering a variety of places to eat and drink whenever you feel necessary. The pizzas are a popular choice and be sure to check in advance about space if you are planning to go as a large group.! You can have a look at what is available food and drink wise here. You can also have a spot of retail therapy with some winter sports shops open in the complex.
In all, Chill Factore offers a great day out for both family and friends. There is something there to keep everyone entertained and you should keep your eye out for deals each month that reduce the cost significantly. I saved over £50 on my day lesson by doing this.
One bit of advice for those who have never skied or boarded before, they are strict on only allowing those who can link turns and control their speed on the main slope, so if you go on and make a meal of it you have been warned. Aside from the scare tactics the staff are a friendly bunch.