Se­cret snow­board­ers spend night on slope

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By JOHN SCHEERHOUT john.scheerhout@men-news.co.uk @john­scheer­hout

AN IN­VES­TI­GA­TION has be­gun af­ter three men spent the night se­cretly snow-board­ing at the Chill Fac­tore in­door slope - af­ter hid­ing in the build­ing un­til it closed.

The trio posted mo­bile phone footage of their stunt on so­cial me­dia - but left be­hind a £5,000 cam­era which they had used to film the es­capade.

Man­agers at the Traf­ford Park at­trac­tion be­side the M60 have started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The in­ci­dent be­gan on Sat­ur­day night as the staff pre­pared to close the slope for the night.

Video posted on­line ap­pears to show two young men en­joy­ing a drink in a bar just be­fore it closed.

One then an­nounces ‘we’re go­ing to go hide.’

In an­other clip timed at just af­ter mid­night, they ap­pear to be hid­ing in part of the build­ing. In the next shot, he shows two oth­ers who had been part of the same stunt en­joy­ing the slope.

The young man tells the cam­era: “Guys, it has hap­pened again and this time it is mad­der than ever be­fore.”

Run­ning up the snow, he says ‘we are cur­rently, and have been all night, at the big­gest in­door ski slope in Eng­land’ be­fore de­scrib­ing how they have helped them­selves to snow boards and in­flat­a­bles.

The footage shows his friend slid­ing down the slope while, in an­other shot, then pans around to a clock which shows it is 6am.

It means they ap­pear to have had the run of the slope for six hours.

Later, they are seen mak­ing their way from the com­plex, hav­ing ap­par­ently tricked a se­cu­rity guard into let­ting them go. In a sub­se­quent clip while driv­ing, one of the men says: “Right now we’re hav­ing a dis­as­ter. We’ve just got back to Birn­ing­ham from a two-hour drive from Manch­ester af­ter hit­ting the ski slope af­ter blag­ging the se­cu­rity guards - wait ‘til you see the video.

“We blagged the se­cu­rity guards hard. And now they’re all go­ing to be there know­ing we weren’t sup­posed to be there. The ski slope’s all messed up. Not bro­ken but messed up be­cause we were slid­ing down it at night and [my friend’s] just re­alised that he’s for­got his cam­era. He’s left a five grand cam­era in the ski slope and [sighs] com­plete dis­as­ter.”

A Chill Fac­tore spokesper­son said: “We are aware of the in­ci­dent and it is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.”

Footage of the men on the slope

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