Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: 7 Trafford Way, Trafford Quays, Manchester M41 7JA

Contact: 0161 749 2218



Chill Factore is home to the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope and the school trip day out in the North West.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?
Commando Joe's: bespoke workshops including topics such as survival skills in the arctic, mountaineering at Mount Everest and The World's Greatest living explorer: Ranulph Fiennes

Snowbotics: Mixing snow with science this year, we've launched our new computer science workshops in partnership with Computing at School (a new DofE funded scheme to provide leadership and strategic guidance for staff involved in computing education in Schools). Exercises include programming Minecraft in Python, Learning programming with Raspberry Pi and using human programming to learn set instructions

Discovery Boxes: “Polar Regions” or “Forces in Action” Discovery boxes are self-guided resources to use on the snow to further explore National Curriculum topics. They are full of tasks and challenges to complete on the snow on the day and back in the classroom to carry on your learning experience beyond your time at Chill Factore. They are designed to make learning fun, interactive and memorable.

Lessons and Course Programmes: This year we have launched a primary and pre-school lesson programme where our aim is to make snow sports fun and accessible to all children. We offer all day beginner lessons as well as 3-10 week courses

Snow Park and Mini Moose Land: Our snow park is a thrilling real snow wonderland with a variety of great rides to get the adrenalin going.

Path to Pyeongchang 2018 - To celebrate the Winter Olympics in 2018, we offer a fantastic activity day package available from March - July (£25 per person). Includes 1 hour climbing, 50 min ski or snowboard taster lesson and 1 hour snow park pass

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Chill Factore is one of the largest visitor attractions in the North West and home to the longest real snow slope in the UK. We offer a wide range of both fun and learning activities which include summer reward trip activity days, arctic survival skills, computing skills on snow as well as lesson and course programmes.

What does a typical educational visit include?
We have a wide range of activities that are both educational and fun. All the detail on the offerings are above, but cover everything from computing, science, geography, survival skills, general ski and snowboard lessons / courses and reward days in our snow park.

What group sizes do you cater for?

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
KS1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Yes. See terms and conditions.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
All of our activities are fully risk assessed. If you wish to conduct your own risk assessment, please ring the sales team to book an appointment.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Our venue has a Schools Executive who can answer all queries.

What is the cost of the visit?
Dependent on activity. Please call for quotes

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Yes. For all snow activities, pupils must wear clothing suitable for snowy (-3 degrees centigrade) conditions. This includes bringing a pair of gloves and thick socks. Hire clothing is available at an additional cost of £5 per person.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
There will be a fully qualified first aider on site at all times.

Please list facilities available.
Packed lunch area, ice cream parlour, sweet shop, Nando’s, pizza parlour, vending machines, gloves and socks to purchase, Costa Coffee

What are your disabled facilities?
Our venue is accessible for all. We can also arrange specialist lessons with Disability Snow Sports UK.

What are your opening days and hours?
Monday to Friday. 9am to 9:30pm

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
"Our students have loved every minute of the sessions and many have progressed to ‘the very top’ of the main slope. It has been a joy to see them learn new skills, interacting with others and enjoy an experience that can only be described as a “Life Experience’!

The experience has been greatly assisted by a brilliant set of instructors who calmly and expertly got ALL our students skiing, building confidence and making falling over fun!?
Again, many many thanks!"  John Williams - Learning Technology Manager

“One pupil had very low self confidence issues and would not socialize with others pupils at school and was very withdrawn. By coming to the ski course and learning a new skill he came out of himself and became a more confident young person and even came on the ski trip to Saalbach with the school. He grew and developed as an individual through the skiing and has carried on his new skill.”  Sally Cheshire

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Please see our website for more information on our educational offer


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Skiing & Snowboard Centres Sports Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Business Studies Design and Technology Geography ICT Leisure & Tourism PE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December