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Vicar blesses Chill Factore’s slope to mark the end of European ski season

Vicar blesses Chill Factore’s slope to mark the end of European ski season

Snowboarding vicar, Reverend Steven Young returned to the piste of UK’s longest indoor real snow slope yesterday to perform a special blessing marking the end of the European ski season.

A snow sports enthusiast himself, Reverend Steven Young made a grand entrance at Manchester’s Chill Factore by snowboarding down the slopes of the indoor snow centre.

Following the Reverend Young’s descent, the Rock Choir opened the service and the vicar gave thanks for the fun the snow centre provides to young and old all year round. He also praised the end of another fantastic European winter season as skiers and snowboarders passed by him on the slope, before wishing everyone who uses the slope over the summer months has a safe and enjoyable time.


 “It was great to perform the blessing as I snowboarded down the slope and to see so many people get involved in the ceremony afterwards. I’m passionate about promoting an inclusive, diverse and vibrant society – a setting where all are welcome - and Chill Factore offers a place to do just this.

This ceremony is a great way for the community to connect, and as a snow sports enthusiast myself, I’m honoured to be able to bless the snow following a great European season.” - Reverend Steven


The vicar has already visited Chill Factore this year, having fulfilled a charity challenge to complete a run down the slopes of each of the UK’s six indoor snow centers in a single day, raising £1,403 for North London Hospice.




“Snow blessings are traditional in some countries and resorts, so we thought we’d bring it here to Manchester’s home of snow!

We hope the ceremony was loved by all involved, and even though the European season may have finished, we’re glad we can welcome guests all year round to enjoy the snow.” - Morwenna Angove, CEO at Chill Factore.  




5/3/2019 12:55:23 PM

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