It may not be the prettiest of sights, but United Kingdom’s former freeski hub, Sheffield Ski Village, showed signs of life this week when two local skiers and a snowboarder took to the slopes in what can only be described as a post-apocalyptic freestyle edit (think Terminator meets Northstar).
Just over three years have passed since the popular dry slope ski area that gave rise to household names like James Machon and X Games gold medalist James Woods burned to the ground and was left in ruin. Since the catastrophe, several in the local and world ski community have advocated to revamp the location, but little tangible has come from the discussions.
SALT-STREET Productions, a UK-based production company, added its piece to the puzzle with the release of their “Red Run” edit, documenting not only the devastation of the local ski area, but also the potential that still exists there. Yes, the hits are small and pale in comparison to the stuff that Joss Christensen and others are releasing this week, but the point lies in the relevant promise of an area that is literally rotting away. SALT-STREET hopes its efforts “drum up support for Sheffield Ski Village”, because, judging from two minutes of skiing over burned-out ruins, the action sports community in Sheffield still has a lot to give.