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Artificial ski slope comes to town

Posted 12 November 2009
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Artificial ski slope comes to town
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Those who fancy a bit of skiing may get the chance to try the sport in an unusual place - Bootle.

Bosses at Sefton Council on Merseyside are installing a slope at the Strand shopping centre in the town, which will be open from November 26th to 28th, the Bootle Times reports.

The structure will be 14 metres long and 3.5 metres high, with visitors being able to take lessons in skiing or snowboarding for £5.

Its appearance will coincide with the switch-on of the town's Christmas lights and a few goes on the piste may prompt shoppers to invest in some skiing equipment and take up wintersports on a regular basis.

According to the paper, it is the first time such a slope has been installed in a UK shopping centre, although those who want to combine shopping with skiing can go to the Chill Factor, which is very close to Manchester's Trafford Centre.

Those looking to hit real ski slopes in Britain will find them in locations such as the Nevis Range near Fort William, Glen Shee and Cairngorm Mountain.

Posted by Elaine Arthur