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When it opened in 2007, Chill Factore was the widest indoor ski center in the world. At 180 m (590 ft) long and 100 m (330 ft) wide, it claims the Guinness Book record for the longest chain of skiers to travel 100 m (330 ft) without breaking. Besides indoor piste skiing, the center also houses Alpine Village and a number of snow activities that don't require strapping on skis, including snow tubing, sledging, air-boarding, a snow zipper, and "Avalanche" snow sphering. The latter puts a rider into a giant ball that rolls down the snowy slope, simulating what it might be like to be inside an avalanche boulder. If you're hungry after your snow sports, visit the Mont Blanc Restaurant on the upper deck of Alpine Village to dine with a view. Add Chill Factore to your Stretford travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Stretford itinerary planner.
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Well organised centre with friendly, knowledgeable staff, good equipment and excellent snow quality. more »
We had arranged a climbing session at the last minute for the children at chill factore. The kids were a little apprehensive to start with but the instructor made them feel at ease and gave them confi... more »
Signed the kids up for a taster ski session. They thoroughly enjoyed it. However we were told it would be 50 minutes but in fact only took 40. We would've liked the kids to go on to do another lesson ... more »
Terrible, I was absolutely robbed. I booked a £60 4 hour session online only to be told when I go there that I wasn't experienced enough to actually ski. Fair enough I thought, so they said we could could use the smaller play are in the snow until the next lesson for skiing. After using up my 1 HOUR at the smaller area I was told that the £60 I had spent would not cover more than just that 1 hour in the children's area. Not to mention the sheer lack of instruction we were given when entering the changing area, where do we go? Are we bound to just ski's? Who do I speak to next? When do we get to go out there? all questions that I actually voiced! But never got a consistent answer to as the staff's amateur responses fluctuated depending on what seemed the time of day. Overall, I was robbed of my money and time, I'll never come back.
A review for those with no interest in winter sports, whose friend is dragging them to chill factor e and is wondering whether they will be bored for an hour: Probably. Beyond the snow there's a handful of food and drink outlets of airport lounge levels of sophistication. You can experience the cold (if you choose) and the view of the slope for free, so the novelty factor will keep you mildly amused for one visit. There's nothing walkable nearby except the indoor skydiving experience, and the smell from the north west's largest water treatment plant in Davyhulme isn't good, so you'll want to stay indoors. You won't kill your friend, but you won't come back.
I actually really enjoy going skiing with school here. I learnt very quickly thanks to great instructors that are a great value for money. 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND
Learning to ski over the summer on real snow is incredible. I have had 5 different instructors now for the various levels and all have been good in their own way. I now feel confident before my holiday in December. If you don't want to ski, there's a fun snow park or climbing wall and bars and restaurants to enjoy. A great day out or regular activity.
It's ok if you're a below average skier or border - it's something. But if you're a bit more advanced then it's not worth your time. You spend 10 minutes in the queue to go up the slope, just for the lift to stop constantly from people falling off it. Going down the slope has too many kids on it which are always constantly in your way. Very expensive for what it's worth, but the freestyle nights offer something else.
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