Campaigners are making the final push to save the largest artificial surface ski slope in Northwest England, which may close at the end of March unless fresh investment can be sourced.
The local council which owns and operates Ski Rossendale has said that the centre is likely to close permanently unless a publicly backed 'social enterprise' comes forward to take over the operation.The Ski Rossendale Social Enterprise and Community Team, which meets these requirements, plan to produce a full business plan within the month in a final attempt to save the ski slope from closure.
Following a recent public consultation, the group registered the name 'Ski Rossendale Limited' and hope to be able to provide the backing the centre needs to remain open.
Ski Rossendale is reported to have suffered from a lack of investment and marketing over the past decade. More recently, Rossendale has faced stiff competition from the Chill Factore indoor snow centre in nearby Manchester.