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Altrincham’s greatest snowman finds the perfect place to chill out after being saved from a slushy end

By David Prior at

A giant snowman built by a family in Hale has been saved from a slushy demise and permanently rehoused at Chill Factore, the indoor snow centre in Manchester.

Patrick McDade, seven, and his sister Orlagh, six, built their six-foot ‘Frosty’ with the help of their parents Ian and Andrea, on Wednesday.

Patrick and Orlagh McDade with dad Ian and Frosty the giant snowman

The McDade family planned to make the most of their snow day by building a small snowman – but things quickly snowballed.

Rolling shapes from snow on the parkland opposite, the family had to enlist the help of five passers-by to lift Frosty’s giant head atop his ginormous body.

Frosty is wrapped up and taken away to be installed at the Chill Factore

Having spotted the magnificent snow specimen on Altrincham Today’s Facebook page, Chill Factore stepped in to save Frosty from an untimely end and offered to rehome him at the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope.

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Dad Ian said: “St Vincent’s, the school the kids are at, had a snow day so we decided to build a snowman all together as a family. He only started small, but it escalated and he grew to a huge height! The kids are so excited he’ll get to live in Chill Factore and we can go and visit him.”

BBC North West Tonight filmed Frosty’s rescue for a report on last night’s bulletin.

Frosty’s weight was snow joke for the removal men

Morwenna Angove (pictured above), CEO at Chill Factore, said: “Frosty epitomises everything great about snow – he’s big, bold and all about having fun with the family, and we wanted to save him while we still had the chance.

“We have over 1,600 tonnes of snow here and a temperature of – 4°C, so we are the best place to make sure Frosty is kept cool, and lives on whatever the weather.”

Frosty is unwrapped at its new permanent home in the Chill Factore

Frosty safely installed at its new home at the Chill Factore