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Haslingden Old
Road, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 8RR
Tel: 01706-226457. Fax: 01706-831294.
Email: Website:

The dry ski slope
which closed to the public in April 2011 after 40 years has received
some much needed tender loving care after it was taken over as a social
enterprise. Ski Rossendale had been operating as a social enterprise
since July 2011 when control was handed over from Rossendale Leisure
Trust Limited, run by Rossendale Council. Since the takeover thousands
of pounds of reinvestment has transforming the site into a bustling
tourist attraction once again. Ski Rossendale Ltd was formed by Dave
Fuller, Karon Driver, Sue and Steve Foulkes who acquired the lease
to Run and develop Ski Rossendale.
Originally founded in 1973 by local skiers, the dry slopes enable
ski-lovers to practice all year round. The highest quality tuition
is available for skiers and snowboarders from novice to expert. Now
part ofwho offer a comprehensive training and coaching programme.
Vending machines are located in the ski hire.
Single ‘Taster’ lessons and multiple lesson packages available at
various prices. All lessons must be pre-booked, please call: 01706-226457.
Please check details of opening times, prices and facilities which
might still be under development.
Lifts include – Main Slope: 2 Button Tows (Doppelmayr and Wopfner
Tows), Intermediate: 1 Button Tow (Poma Tow) and Nursery
Slope: for lessons only, 2 Rope Tows plus Britain’s first Sun Kid
Travelator Lift.
Skis and
snowboards are available for hire at a small charge. Premium skis,
including twin tips and race skis, are now available – height and
ability restrictions apply. Helmets are available free of charge to
all who wish to wear them and are compulsory for all fun park (intermediate)
slope users and those racing or race training.
The minimum
age for all snowboard lessons is 10. Hands and arms must be covered
and gloves must be worn. Basic gloves are available for £1.35.
Dress in tough clothing which suits the weather. All lessons must
be pre-booked, please call, 01706-226457. Various lesson options available
from single trainer to 4 lesson packages, and further single trainer
lesson options at various prices – see their website (above) for current
Ski Rossendale
Kids Club are held on Saturday Mornings. There are two sessions from
9.30am to 11.00am and from 11.30am to 1.00pm. Each session is divided
into approximately 10 groups. The age range is 5 to 18 years with
a separate Kindergarten for the 3 to 5 year olds.

Factor e

Trafford Chill
Factor e, Trafford Way, Trafford Quays, Manchester M41 7JA.
Head Office: 0161-0161 747 0606. BookingsTel: 0161-749 2222.
Fax: 0161-747 7669 (SNOW). Email: Website:
Located immediately across the road from the main Trafford Centre
shopping mall, this £31million development is the biggest indoor
ski centre in the UK. It brought the Alps to The Trafford Centre when
it was opened in Autumn 2007. The Chill Factor e uses real snow to
ensure an authentic Alpine experience and includes three interconnected
snow slopes – each catering for different abilities. Activities also
include snowboarding and there are tuition classes available.There
is also has a rock-climbing wall, a toboggan run, an indoor skateboard
park and children’s play zone. The two ski lifts on the main slope
are suspended from the ceiling, rather than from towers, so that there
is less obstruction on the slope. There are also two ‘travellators’
or moving walkways leading to the top of the nursery slope for ease
of use by beginners.
The Alpine Village has restaurants, bars and shops.
Check the website for booking, current prices and opening times.

Art Race Club

Ski Art is a ski
race club based in Rossendale whose focus is race training for juniors
and adults of all ages. Registered with Snowsport England , members
take part in regional fun races, club nationals and grand prix races
on both artificial outdoor and indoor snow slopes throughout the United
To take part in the National Races the skiers are registered with
Snowsport England and they are awarded seed points when they compete
in a race. The number of seed points that the racer has is an indication
of their national ranking.
For more information on Ski Art please visit their website at

Club of Manchester

SCoM provides
ski-related activities to skiers in the Manchester and surrounding
area in order to enhance their enjoyment of the sport. Members of
the Ski Club of Great Britain. Website:


Snowsport England
is the governing body for English Snowsports. It is recognised and
directly grant-aided by Sport England and has responsibility for fostering,
promoting and developing the interests of English skiers and all aspects
of their sports. Membership is open to organisations with a commitment
to skiing, as well as individuals. There is a Regional structure for

West Ski Federation

The North West
Ski Federation aims to develop participation and performance in all
aspects of Skiing by working in partnership with providers and user
groups, and by taking positive action to encourage equality of access
within the region to opportunities in Skiing. The Federation has produced
a four year development plan for Skiing in this area. Website:

Manchester Cross-Country Ski Club

Links to other
sites which may be of interest to Nordic skiers. Website:

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