Ski Rossendale Social Enterprise - History

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 The Council would only offer 25 year lease and the plans were withdrawn after further scrutiny.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 Club House 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.
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.