Two years after a series of fires devastated Sheffield Ski Village, the future for what was one of the world’s foremost dry slope ski centres remains unresolved.
Following the fires the site has been left derelict and been targeted by metal thieves amongst others.
Sheffield Sharks Ski Club, whose members included Britain’s number one freestyle skier James Woods, have been training on indoor snow at Castleford Snozone but have also been among those moving to reopen the slopes, which were reported to be initially largely undamaged by the fire.
This week a decision on plans to demolish derelict buildings was delayed by Sheffield City Council.
The plans were to clear the site, with no decision on its longer term future, but there appears to be a conflict in the direction of future use of the site.
Some local people, known as the Friends of Parkwood Springs, want a country park to be created in the area, however Kevin Pullan who controls the site aims to build homes near the site, where there are also hopes of recreating a snowsports facility. He told local media it was not right that the land be turned in to parkland as it is officially designated as an area for employment.