Ski Rossendale, Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
Tel : 01706 222426. Ski Rossendale’s slopes are divided into three main areas. Main Slope 200m x 25. Intermediate Slope 70m x 15m.
Snowflex Nursery Slope 35m x 40m (the latest, soft, smooth skiing surface). Lifts: - Main Slope 2 Button Tows. - Intermediate 1 Button Tow. - Nursery Slope 2 Rope Tows plus Britain’s first Sun Kid Travelator Lift. Equipment: Skis and snowboards are available for hire and now for a small extra charge Ski Boards, which you may know as Snowblades and Premium Skis, including the Salomon 1080 are now available (height and ability restrictions apply).
The ski slope at Ski Rossendale was opened in 1973 and was run by the local council until 2011 when a decision was made to close it. Thankfully a social enterprise soon took it over and reopened it. The outdoor slope is in Rawtenstall with great views of the Rossendale valley as you wizz down the hill.
I would imagine that it has suffered as a result of the indoor real snow slope in Manchester (Chill Factore). I have been to both and Ski Rossendale has a number of advantages; Ski Rossendale is cheaper, it's outdoors so you get lovely views and fresh air and it's not as cold (well unless it's December).
The slopes are made of a bristle like material which can hurt if you fall over so you should wear long trousers and gloves. Skiing on a nice day is good but if it's raining (or even better snowing), you move much faster on the slope!
Having checked out the website http://www.skirossendale.co.uk/ I can see that there's loads going on and has become much more innovative since becoming a social enterprise.
Personally I just like to ski independently for a couple of hours; in order to do this you need to have had some prior ski experience and be able to control your speed , if you can't do this, you need to join a lesson.
Arrived this afternoon hoping for a nice time skiing. Unfortunately this wasn't anything like the experience.
On arrival paid the fee (which does entitle you to an unlimited session) however is not much cheaper than some of the centre's that offer real snow!
Boots (& ski's) were provided but they old and sweaty.
On approaching the slopes it was clear the intermediate section was now more of a ski park. Although the surface here was very good the shortness of the slope and obstacles prove less appealing for the normal skier.
As a result of this for a decent length ski run the main slope is required. On here the slope is of a extremely poor standard. All except a small section near the bottom right corner is old & more than well worn. This makes any kind of fluid turns a non event! Serious investment is needed to turn this into anything like a fun trip out!