2018 Olympic medallist Billy Morgan (GBR) helped launch a new terrain park at the Chill Factore indoor snow slope near Manchester, UK.
‘Terrain Challenges’ is a new freestyle offering at the centre which now runs on the main slope from Thursday to Saturday and is aimed at those who want to try out their skills on different features. Terrain Challenges is developed based on feedback from guests, who give their opinion on the different features each week.
As well as showcasing their skills alongside Billy at the launch, talented youngsters were able to get tips from the star, who has one of Britain’s biggest snowboarding successes under his belt including becoming Great Britain’s first ever male snow medallist winning the bronze in Snowboard big air at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games earlier this year. He is also the first snowboarder to land one of the biggest tricks in the sport to date (the quad cork 1800) and became the first British male snowboarder to win an X Games medal.
Members of the public were also invited to ride the slope with Billy. 10% of ticket sales from the event were donated to The Ellie Soutter Foundation, amounting to £500, which supports the mental health of young snow sport athletes.
Talking about the Chill Factore event, Billy said; “It was fantastic to ride Terrain Challenges with the sponsored athletes and guests at Chill Factore. The new features will really help the development of freestyle, not only for boarding, but skiing too. It’s important for youngsters to have the opportunity to develop their freestyle skills, technique and confidence, and by having weekly access to different features, it supports the pool of talent starting at grass roots and coming through the ranks.”
“We were thrilled to have Billy with us on the slope to launch Terrain Challenges and to develop our freestyle offering to cater for the interest of our guests to try something different each week,” said CEO of Chill Factore, Morwenna Angove, “We’re excited that this new offering gives an opportunity for people of all abilities to freestyle – from those at beginner level who want to give it a go and challenge themselves to the more advanced who want to refine and perfect their skills. We hope the variety of Terrain Challenges will encourage more people to try new things on the slope!”
Patrick Thorne TheSnowHunter.com