In the early days, the slope attracted mainly climbers and walkers – those who had a passion for the outdoors.
“As the club evolved and word of mouth spread, more people started to come – particularly parents and their children who were set to go on ski holidays to the mountains,” Eric told PlanetSKI.
“It used to be people joining the club for a social side, which you see at clubs with teams. But we tend to have people who turn up to use the facility as more of a gym on the hill and they go off from there.
“So we’re more of an aid to help equip people for getting ready for their holidays to the mountains, more so now than the social entity the club started out as.”
Eric says he has no plans to retire.
“I’ll die with my ski boots on. That’s the plan!” he said.
Eric and the dry slope are featured in a film produced by Cameron Hall to mark the 50th anniversary.
Cameron is a former ski instructor and the Founder and Director of the adventure sports PR agency, Holmlands.
“Having first learned to ski on a dry ski slope in Cumbria myself, I appreciate first-hand the pivotal role such facilities play in the local communities in Britain,” Cameron said.
“Skiing has gone on to be the biggest passion in my life, opening up all sorts of doors – and it’s with thanks to people like Eric, who had a big influence in that, and obviously has helped to create a pathway into the sport for thousands of people in the UK to experience the joy of skiing each year.
“He’s quite a character and his passion for the centre and the sport is amazing, inspiring and impressive!”