'Snow patrol' plan for Ski Rossendale

SPADE WORK Ski Rossendale co-ordinator Mike Hopkins, who is launching a scheme for volunteers to come and help clear the car park and access to the slope when it snows

SPADE WORK Ski Rossendale co-ordinator Mike Hopkins, who is launching a scheme for volunteers to come and help clear the car park and access to the slope when it snows

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SUPPORTERS of a skiing attraction are recruiting a volunteer ‘army’ – to keep the area free from snow and ice.

Friends of Ski Rossendale, who help maintain the surroundings to the dry ski slope, are forming their own ‘band’ of helpers, called Snow Patrol.

The group will be available at short notice to clear the car park and surrounding areas at the tourist attraction, which was re-opened as a social enterprise last year.

Mike Hopkins, volunteer co-ordinator at the slope, said: “Our car park here at Ski Rossendale is pretty big and takes a lot of looking after.

“We know this as it took us ages to clear the car park of leaves during the autumn.

“Once snow or ice starts to appear, to keep the slope available through the winter months will require the hard work of our volunteers again to keep the car park clear.

“I can imagine the chaos on Haslingden Old Road if the car park is knee deep in snow especially during the Saturday morning Kids’ Clubs.

“We’re asking for volunteers to lend their time and a shovel to keep the car park and other areas clear at an hour’s notice.

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“We need a team of ‘snow patrollers’ to start early in the day, prior to the centre opening.”

Mike added that the Friends group also participated in many other activities at the centre, such as emptying the bins and recycling the plastic bottles that are found near the slope.

He added: “We are committed bringing people in with differing ideas, abilities and backgrounds, we believe everyone is able to participate and contribute.”

Those interested in joining the Ski Rossendale ‘snow patrol’ or other volunteering at the centre are asked to contact Mike on 01706 226457 or community@skirossendale.co.uk.

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11:35am Fri 6 Jan 12

cdog says...

is the volunteer work during daytime hours or can you expect to be called out in the dark?
is the volunteer work during daytime hours or can you expect to be called out in the dark? cdog
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2:04pm Fri 6 Jan 12

Panther33 says...

What's wrong with the little snow plough that they had a couple of weeks ago to clear half of the car park???????. Is it the cuts again???????
What's wrong with the little snow plough that they had a couple of weeks ago to clear half of the car park???????. Is it the cuts again??????? Panther33
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8:06pm Fri 6 Jan 12

b and b says...

hi panther33, the slope is not owned or run by the council any more, it is a social enterprise and a charity i think. I saw the little snow plough in action and as good as it was, there was lots of clearing it couldn't do. Clearing the paths and steps and clearing the driveway paths etc. I am full of admiration for the owners and volunteers of the slope. They are getting off their backsides and making the business work. I think its a marvellous effort. i will certainly help whenever I can.
hi panther33, the slope is not owned or run by the council any more, it is a social enterprise and a charity i think. I saw the little snow plough in action and as good as it was, there was lots of clearing it couldn't do. Clearing the paths and steps and clearing the driveway paths etc. I am full of admiration for the owners and volunteers of the slope. They are getting off their backsides and making the business work. I think its a marvellous effort. i will certainly help whenever I can. b and b
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11:37pm Fri 6 Jan 12

GryffinSkiClub says...

Great fun helping out such a worthy cause!

It's a fantastic place to learn how to ski and snow board, give it a try!
www.skirossendale.co
.uk

Check out this video of a beautiful mornings ski, with the Gryffin SnowSports Club at Ski Rossendale.
http://youtu.be/LXPk
PDEIj6U
Great fun helping out such a worthy cause! It's a fantastic place to learn how to ski and snow board, give it a try! www.skirossendale.co .uk Check out this video of a beautiful mornings ski, with the Gryffin SnowSports Club at Ski Rossendale. http://youtu.be/LXPk PDEIj6U GryffinSkiClub
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