Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre forced to shut by snow

Related Stories

A dry ski slope in Shropshire has been forced to close after heavy snowfall made surrounding roads "treacherous".

James Craig, a manager at the Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre, said that ironically the slope is designed to be used when real snow falls.

Mr Craig said that if the roads can be cleared, the 85m (279 ft) slope will reopen and may hold races on Sunday.

Police have warned drivers to travel only if absolutely necessary after more than 10 crashes in a three-hour period.

Ch Insp Paul Moxley said police had brought in additional 4x4 vehicles across the county.

"We are continuing to attend emergency incidents and in addition to our usual 4x4s, we have brought in extra to ensure we remain operational," he said.

Twitter updates

AFC Telford United has also appealed for volunteers to help clear snow from its pitch ahead of a match against Alfreton on Saturday.

Referring to the dry slope closure, Mr Craig said: "I'm sure there's lots of people who would want to have a ski, but with the snow we've had it would probably be dangerous for people to be travelling unnecessarily.

Shropshire Council said it was prepared for further snowfall over the weekend, with 17,000 tonnes of salt at its depots, "more than enough to deal with any eventuality".

A spokesperson said the council will continue to post updates on Twitter about which roads what been gritted.

Roger Lewis was one of 50 volunteer snow wardens working in Telford.

"The council supply the grit, a shovel and a high visibility jacket for health and safety reasons and you just go out when you feel it's appropriate and clear paths in your local community just to help others," he said.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Shropshire



10 °C 8 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Prostitute in red light district in Seoul, South KoreaSex for soldiers

    How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases

  • LuckyDumped

    The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city cleans up

  • Jamal Bryant'Buying black'

    Ferguson campaign targets Black Friday

  • Walmart employees and supporters block off a major intersection near the Walton Family Foundation to stage a protest calling for $15 an hour and consistent full-time work in downtown Washington October 16, 2014. Black mark

    Wal-Mart workers revolt against the annual shopping bonanza

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • UnderwaterHidden depths

    How do you explore the bottom of the ocean? BBC Future finds out


  • All-inclusive holidaysThe Travel Show Watch

    With all-inclusive holidays seeing a resurgence are local trades missing out to big resorts?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.