SKI ROSSENDALE has announced it is to reopen on October 24.

The venue had been forced to close in March, along with much of the UK's entertainment and hospitality sectors, due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

However the centre off Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall, is now looking forward to welcoming back members of the public, who will be able to start booking next week.

A spokesperson said: "Grab your boots because we're officially re-opening on 24th October!

"We can't wait to see you again, skiing, snowboarding and tubing sessions will all be available to book from October 13."

The venue had managed to secure its future in July this year by transferring ownership to Rossendale Borough Council leisure trust.

Speaking at the time Rossendale Council deputy leader Councillor Jackie Oakes said that she hoped the move would help the venue survive until it was able to reopen in the autumn, as it is now preparing to do.

She said: β€œThe council and the trust appreciate it has become increasingly hard to keep the ski slope open and we want to do what we can to make sure that this brilliant facility is there for the people of Rossendale and for visitors.

"By supporting the potential takeover, the council is doing all it can to ensure our landmark facility not only remains open, but that it is able to develop and increase their activities and attract as many people as possible.”

The move was welcomed by Ski Rossendale managing director Dave Fuller, who is now working to ensure the resort is in full working order ahead of reopening this month.

He said: "I am delighted that through these difficult times we have been able to secure a positive future for Ski Rossendale.

"I am looking forward to further developing Ski Rossendale as a great place for our customers to enjoy as part of the excellent wider leisure offering in Rossendale.”

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