The North West’s Premier Outdoor Ski and Snowboard Centre
“The Hill” – A Social Enterprise
“The Hill” (Ski Rossendale Ltd) was formed with the intention of acquiring the lease from Rossendale council to run and develop Ski Rossendale. We were fortunate enough to have been successful and have now developed “The Hill” as a facility where all people can come together to have fun, whilst learning to Ski and Board. It has long been an iconic leisure facility in Rossendale and we aim to once again put “The Hill” on the map as a ‘must Visit’ attraction within the North West of England.
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Snowboarding and Skiing
Learning to Snowboard or Ski is a fun experience and our friendly instructors will soon have you sliding. From taster lessons to advanced coaching, we can cater for individuals, families, friends, schools and groups wanting to have some fun, or those preparing themselves for a Winter holiday. Most beginners require a number lessons to reach the minimum standard to practice on our slopes. This also provides a head start before any Winter holiday as you will get far more enjoyment if you’ve got the basic skills. Taking lessons is also a great way to get in shape before your trip.
Freestyle is an increasingly popular part of the ski and snowboard industry and Ski Rossendale has always been a centre which people travel to from all over to hit the jumps. These features are perfect for learning new tricks and progressing abilities on a personal level. A large Fun Park with permanent kickers and rail, permanent ‘bumps’ on the main slope come and try them out.
We offer a range of board and ski lessons for all ages from beginner to advanced. There are various options for learning or developing your skills. Start with a one off ‘Taster’ session, then book a course appropriate to your level. Children can be enrolled in our popular Saturday morning ‘Kids Club’. Adults who want to progress further, may enrol in one of our friendly ‘clubs and groups’. You may decide to take a ‘Private’ lesson tailored to your needs or benefit from our ‘Coaching’ sessions. Discuss your options with our booking office.
Tubes are round inflatable doughnuts with smooth plastic bases to enable them to slide down the slope. Its a popular party and group activity which takes place on either the nursery slopes or even on the huge quarter pipe!
Make your party a memorable one – it’s all about fun. Combine our exciting outdoor venue with a choice of skiing / boarding / tubing and food. From the moment you arrive at the facility you will be taken care of. We will provide you with equipment, look after your safety, instruct and help you through your chosen activity and ensure you are well looked after.
We are on the ‘Shoe Trail’ route which goes right past our slope! This is an exciting project that takes inspiration from Rossendale’s historical links with the shoe and brick industry. The Shoe Trail directs people from Rawtenstall town centre, through the Rossendale Valley and up to the Halo Panopticon at Top o’ Slate using giant footwear designs as way markers.
As a Social Enterprise we positively encourage Volunteers to be part of the our team. We have a wide range of helpers from all walks of society. We focus on regular day to day tasks that will assist the Social Enterprise keep the slope in tip-top shape. This includes anything from litter picking, cleaning the loos, gardening to more skilled jobs such as electrics and plumbing. If you fancy being involved and want to join our dedicated team then pop in and have a chat.
Our History Timeline
The North West Sports Council recognised the potential of Ski Rossendale being of major regional importance in 1969 when the ideas were first being considered.
The initial plans were drawn up and dated 28/11/1972 and revised 5/12/1972 by Rossendale Borough Council.
The slope finally opened middle of 1973 at a cost of £58,000 (£450,000 in 2010 equivalent value).
In 1977 the Council considered privatising the slope.
The slope got extra funding of £50,000 in 1979 and also a further £88,000 was invested by the Council with a new tow in October. The original toboggan run was only opened for one week then dismantled as it was deemed far too dangerous after several accidents.
The Ellis Brigham shop was completed and opened in 1980. All regional and many national schools took their pupils to learn to ski at the slope during the 1980s.
In 1981 over 3,000 people a week were using the slope.
In 1984 takings were £128,600 (the last 12 weeks of the same year it took another £40,000). Ski Rossendale was advertised at Euston Station in London to educate “Southerners” that there was more going on “North of Watford Gap&rdquo and even offered a competition for Londoners to win a ski trip to Ski Rossendale!
In 1984 over 4,300 people a week were using the slope.
In 1985 the EEC offered the slope a grant of £200,000. In 1985 the slope made a clear profit of £296,000 (£594,960 in 2010 equivalent value) on the strength of 110,000 bookings.
A mystery businessman tried to buy the slope off the Council in 1986 and offered the Council £1,200,000. He tried again in 1987.
In 1987 the Council considered a serious take-over bid by a London-based company. They wanted to invest £1,100,000 with a 125 year lease from the Council. The Council would only offer 25 year lease and the plans were withdrawn after further scrutiny. The clubhouse was erected.
In 1988 there were plans to run a “moguls” run through the trees. 160,000 skiers had used the slope by end of financial year 1988.
1994 saw the biggest changes and financial injection into the slope at a cost of £380,000 (£486,400 in 2010 equivalent value). The slope was transferred into a Leisure Trust portfolio to be run on behalf of the council.
1995 - 2010
Over the following years the facility became “tired”, with the grounds and equipment suffering from lack of investment. More recently the facility was included in a Council “leisure review”. This suggested that the facility, which had declining income and increasing costs, be put out to tender.
The slope finally shut it’s doors to the public in April 2011.
Ski Rossendale Social Enterprise won a council tender process. The slope OPENED to the public once again at the end of summer 2011.
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