The Chill Factore opened in 2007 and is the only indoor ski slope and resort in North West England.
Situated next to Manchester’s Trafford Centre it covers an area of more than 250,000 square feet and features a main ski slope, nursery slope, luge slide, tubing lane, climbing wall, and children’s snow play area. The main slope is 180 metres long.
Qualified instructors offer group ski and snowboarding lessons to suit all levels of ability. Private lessons are also available.
Experienced skiers (i.e. those who can control their speed and direction, link turns, and use the ski lift) can purchase lift passes to access the main slope. Passes can be purchased with various durations ranging from 1 hour to 3 month summer passes.
All activities (including ski and snowboard lessons, lift passes, tubing, luge, climbing, children’s parties etc.) can be booked online at the official Chill Factore website.
Discounts & Vouchers
Considerable savings can be made by visiting the Chill Factore during off-peak hours, i.e. before 6 pm on a weekday (excluding bank holidays and certain school holidays).
Regular users should consider joining the Chill Factore’s membership scheme. Members receive a 30% discount on lessons, lift passes and other activities. Full details are available on the official website.
The Chill Factore offers a good selection of Alpine-themed bars and restaurants, many with views overlooking the ski slopes.
Options include a Costa coffee shop, Café Extreme, the Mont Blanc family restaurant, Nando’s, a Frederick’s ice cream parlour, and Chilli’s sports bar. The Castle in the Air, a Wetherspoon’s pub, is also here.
Alpine Street is a small shopping mall at the Chill Factore with a number of stores offering ski and outdoor related products.
Shops include Snow + Rock, Dare 2b, The North Face (outdoor equipment and clothing), Surfanic (ski wear), Subvert (snowboard store), Quicksilver & Roxy, and Evans Cycles.
There’s also a branch of Crystal Ski here. Crystal Ski are the UK’s biggest ski tour operator and offer packages to almost every major ski resort in the world.
The Chill Factore is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 11 pm (Wednesdays 7 am, Sundays 6.30 am).
The main slope opens at 9 am and closes at 10 pm, except on Wednesdays when it opens at 7.30 am.
Location & Directions
The Chill Factore is located next to Manchester’s Trafford Centre and Junction 10 of the M60 motorway.
Simply leave the M60 motorway at Junction 10. Visitors with satellite navigation systems should note that the postcode for the Chill Factore is M41 7JA.
The Chill Factore offers free car parking for over 300 vehicles.
There is no direct train or Metrolink service to the Trafford Centre/Chill Factore, but the Trafford Centre Metrolink Shuttle Bus offers a service between Stretford Metrolink Station and the Trafford Centre. It runs every day of the week.
Bus services X50 and 250 depart from Piccadilly Gardens for the Trafford Centre.
Buses 100 and 110 run from the Shudehill Interchange (next to Victoria train station) to the Trafford Centre.
Chill Factore – Skiing in Manchester
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