Next phase to be­gin on ski re­vamp

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CHAR­LOTTE GREEN

GROUND is to be bro­ken on the sec­ond phase of ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment works at Ski Rossendale.

Work is due to get un­der­way this month for the con­struc­tion of a new re­cep­tion, chang­ing area, café and out­side din­ing area at the Rawten­stall dry ski slope.

The new plans are part of an over­all £630,000 pro- ject, funded by Sport Eng­land and sup­ported by Rossendale coun­cil, which in­cludes en­hanced ski­ing fa­cil­i­ties along with the new ski cen­tre build­ing.

The first stage of the de­vel­op­ment be­gan in Au­gust last year with the in­stal­la­tion of pur­pose­built begin­ner, im­prover and fam­ily slopes, and was com­pleted in Novem­ber 2016.

Phase two, sched­uled to be­gin in Septem­ber, will see the con­struc­tion of the pur­pose-built ski cen­tre build­ing, which will pro­vide an im­proved café and cater­ing of­fer for the pub­lic.

The cen­tre, on Hasling­den Old Road, which has been run as a so­cial en­ter­prise since 2011, will re­main open as usual dur­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment.

Dave Fuller, di­rec­tor of Ski Rossendale, said: “The cen­tre now at­tracts over 30,000 visi­tors ev­ery year who come here to get lessons and prac­tice their ski­ing tech­niques.

“We also host cor­po­rate ad­ven­ture and team build­ing days and so it’s vital we have high qual­ity fa­cil­i­ties to give the pub­lic the best pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Coun Andy MacNae, Rossendale coun­cil’s cab­i­net port­fo­lio holder for re­gen­er­a­tion, said the coun­cil is be­hind the works.

He said: “Ski Rossendale plays a vital part in at­tract­ing visi­tors from out­side the bor­ough into ●● Sue Foulkes, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Ski Rossendale, Coun Andy MacNae, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for re­gen­er­a­tion and Dave Fuller, di­rec­tor of Ski Rossendale on site Rossendale bring­ing with them rev­enue and help­ing to cre­ate jobs.

“The fa­cil­ity also fur­ther en­hances Rossendale’s rep­u­ta­tion as ‘Adren­a­line Val­ley’, where fam­i­lies, groups and thrill seek­ers can come to try some­thing new, learn new skills or just have fun. We are sup­port­ive of the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of the Ski Rossendale site.”

The third phase of de­vel­op­ment at the site will see it es­tab­lished as an all-weather re­ducedrisk train­ing fa­cil­ity for year-round freestyle ski and snow­board jump train­ing, in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of an ac­cess tower, two ramps or jumps and an airbag land­ing zone. It is hoped the cen­tre will be a cru­cial prac­tice hub for ath­letes ahead of the 2018 win­ter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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