Elton skiers wait for snow to fall

THE recent snow may have caused chaos for some, but it stirred a flurry of hope in the hearts of the dedicated skiers of Elton who have their fingers crossed for even more of the white stuff.

The ski slope, affectionately know as The Bonks, is tucked away by the church and is complete with three power ski tows and halogen lighting for night skiing.

The Elton Ski club is affiliated to the English Ski Council, making it quite unique in the Peak District.

John Bent is one of the founder members of the Elton Ski Club, set up in 1980.

Mr Bent said: "We actually ski in the village itself. The slopes are great for children and beginners, it might be a bit tame for the more serious skier but there is plenty of fun to be had.

"Some of the children who learned to ski here have gone on to be East Midlands school boy champions and others are now teaching skiing as a living.

"We generally need at least six to eight inches of snow in order to be able to get out and ski.

"This latest fall did have the potential to be good but it did not accumulate as we had hoped.

"The last time we were able to ski was about three years ago and that was just for one day.

"In the past we have skied for eight or nine weeks in a row but you do not get the conditions anymore."

There are still 45 skis and poles just waiting to be called into action and it would only take an hour to get the tows up and running again.

Mr Bent said: "We are just waiting for the right conditions to come along and we will be out on the slopes again.

"There are a core of people who would be calling for the club to be up and running again as soon as the right snow arrives."

Story by Colleen Marples