Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre forced to shut by snow

A dry ski slope in Shropshire has been forced to close after heavy snowfall made surrounding roads "treacherous".

James Craig, a manager at the Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre, said that ironically the slope is designed to be used when real snow falls.

Mr Craig said that if the roads can be cleared, the 85m (279 ft) slope will reopen and may hold races on Sunday.

Police have warned drivers to travel only if absolutely necessary after more than 10 crashes in a three-hour period.

Ch Insp Paul Moxley said police had brought in additional 4x4 vehicles across the county.

"We are continuing to attend emergency incidents and in addition to our usual 4x4s, we have brought in extra to ensure we remain operational," he said.

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AFC Telford United has also appealed for volunteers to help clear snow from its pitch ahead of a match against Alfreton on Saturday.

Referring to the dry slope closure, Mr Craig said: "I'm sure there's lots of people who would want to have a ski, but with the snow we've had it would probably be dangerous for people to be travelling unnecessarily.

Shropshire Council said it was prepared for further snowfall over the weekend, with 17,000 tonnes of salt at its depots, "more than enough to deal with any eventuality".

A spokesperson said the council will continue to post updates on Twitter about which roads what been gritted.

Roger Lewis was one of 50 volunteer snow wardens working in Telford.

"The council supply the grit, a shovel and a high visibility jacket for health and safety reasons and you just go out when you feel it's appropriate and clear paths in your local community just to help others," he said.

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