You’d think today would be the ideal day to visit a ski centre thanks to all the snow but sadly, you’d be wrong.
A ski centre has actually been forced to close due to the severe weather conditions and unfortunately, many others will probably follow suit.
The Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre in Kent has had to shut its doors thanks to the blustery ‘Beast from the East’ which has been bringing mounds of snow to Britain.
Sharing the news of its closure on its Facebook page, alongside a photo of the snowy slope, the centre wrote yesterday, (February 27):
Centre currently closed as we have an inaccessible car park and we have to be able to have emergency vehicle access, and staff are struggling to get to site.
We are cancelling lessons for today and will reschedule. Please check our website and this page for updates.
Responding to complaints and comments of disbelief, the centre reassured everyone it’ll reopen once the snow has melted.
Centre manager Andy also emphasised the reasons for the closure, adding in the comments section:
We are a dry ski slope. The slope doesn’t run well in this snow. It’s just not compacted so you ski on the matting.
We don’t have piste grooming equipment. Sorry we had to close. It’s not something I do lightly as Centre Manager.
We did have someone unfortunately have a broken femur a few years back in similar conditions. It was just one of those things, as he fell awkwardly.
Getting an ambulance down Capstone road wouldn’t have been possible today as it’s really only 4×4’s that could get up and down the road, it was that bad.
Getting them then into the car park wouldn’t have been feasible. We’d love to be open, taking money, though snowy days from experience, it’s not very much at all, as very few venture out.
If you’re desperate to go skiing though, then you could always just take to the streets like this woman did:
With more snow on the way it may be a while until the ski centre reopens.
Storm Emma is due to hit later today, (February 28), bringing with it more blizzards, strong winds and lightning.
The Met Office released a red ‘severe weather’ warning for parts of Scotland this afternoon, (February 28), going into tomorrow morning.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 28, 2018
This is only the second red warning for snow ever issued by the Met Office with the first being given to Wales in January 2013.
It read in full:
Heavy snow showers and drifting of lying snow in the strong easterly winds will become more widespread across the area later on Wednesday afternoon, through the evening and overnight into Thursday.
Roads will become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers.
Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel are expected. Some communities could become cut off for several days.
Long interruptions to power supplies and other services.
If you live in London, the southeast, the southwest, Wales or the Midlands, you’re also likely to be affected, with multiple amber and yellow weather warnings being issued for these regions.
To keep up to date with the weather warnings for your area, please check the Met Office’s website.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.