Ski centre in Kent closes due to too much snow

A ski centre in Kent has been forced to close after heavy snowfall.

The Chatham Ski Centre’s car park was snowed in while employees struggled to get into work.

The centre wrote on Facebook: “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.”

One disappointed would-be skier said it was a “contradiction in terms” while another¬†said “surely today” – with snow falling heavily across the UK – was the best day of all for skiing.

The centre replied: “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.”

However it apologised for the closure, with the manager Andy Rushton writing: “It’s not something I do lightly.”

Mr Rushton explained to the Standard: “I’m a very frustrated centre manager who has had to close the centre as the country road to us, is only accessible by 4×4 and no way we could get an ambulance to the site if we needed to.”

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