Major ski centre revamp gets underway

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 May 2014

The decking underneath the ski slope was rotting and needed replacing. Photo by Rich Eddins.

The decking underneath the ski slope was rotting and needed replacing. Photo by Rich Eddins.

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A 'CRITICAL' £20,000 refurbishment scheme, which will guarantee the long-term future of a winter sports complex, has got underway this month.

Renovation work has been described as 'critical'. Picture by Rich Eddins.Renovation work has been described as 'critical'. Picture by Rich Eddins.

Major renovation work has begun at Mendip Snowsport Centre in Churchill and is expected to last another week or so.

New matting is being added to the ski slope along with a host of other changes to the site, as new attractions are built.

Managing director Rich Eddins said: “We have lots of big plans. Our focus at the moment is on the snow sports with £20,000 going on refurbishing the main slope.

“We are replacing the wooden deck underneath and putting in a steel and concrete one.

The ski slope is being repaired. Picture by Rich Eddins.The ski slope is being repaired. Picture by Rich Eddins.

“We are also redesigning the reception and putting in a Frisbee golf course.”

The course is set to be used for a round of the British Disc Golf Association championship later this year.

Work is also ongoing to build a mountain bike track, which again will be used for a competition this year.

The refurbishment programme means the ski slope is temporarily closed to anyone who wants to turn up on the day, however any lessons or parties booked will go ahead as planned. The toboggan run will remain open.

All lessons and parties booked over the next fortnight will take place. Picture bu Rich Eddins.All lessons and parties booked over the next fortnight will take place. Picture bu Rich Eddins.

Mr Eddins said the work was vital to the former Churchill Ski Centre site.

He added: “It was critical we did something. The wooden deck underneath got wet and was starting to rot through.”

The old wooden structure needed replacing every three or four years, however the new decking will be more durable and will last about 25 years.

In the long-term, a number of other projects are planned for the attraction in Lyncombe Drive, including a zip wire and a high ropes challenge course.

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