Jenny Jones and the Bell brothers all started skiing on dry ski slopes, as did many of the skiers and snowboarders representing Great Britain. Whatever your ambitions for your children, whether you’re hoping for a future champ, getting ski-fit for a forthcoming holiday, or simply trying out a new sport, you are bound to have fun at Ski Rossendale.
I took my boys there, who have both skied before on snow, one Sunday afternoon. They were super excited as I explained that Ski Rossendale, also 40 years old like mummy, was where I learnt to ski! As we pulled into the car park at the foot of the main slope, they couldn’t believe how big it was.
We didn’t book ahead, but if you haven’t skied or boarded before, you need to book a lesson before being let onto the slopes. I had brought salopettes, jackets and ski gloves; but waterproof pants over comfy trousers and a pair of thick gloves, a must on a dry slope, would be fine.
All booted and suited, the boys were advised not to go on the nursery slope which has a snow fleck surface, as it was busy with beginner lessons. Instead they were directed towards the large matted slope. A little nervous initially, once they had set off on the pommel lift there was no stopping them.
I advised that they get off midway for a few runs whilst they found their ski legs but, after doing this once, they were soon heading straight to the top with huge smiles on their faces. To make the slope faster there are small jets spraying a water mist; the boys were delighted and reported that it felt just like real skiing. With the backdrop of the Rossendale hills, and the wind in their faces, it was easy to understand why.
After I realised they had got the hang of it, I took myself off to enjoy a hot chocolate in the mountain restaurant, complete with terraces overlooking both slopes.
As daylight disappeared and the floodlights came on, the boys discovered a third slope – the freestyle park. They were soon testing their skills here, fearlessly catching air on the smaller jumps. Next time they’ve set their sights on the quarter pipe!
Tues-Fri 1-9pm, Sat Morning Kids Club, Sat 1-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm.
Beginners 45 mins taster lesson £10. Ski or Board session: Adult £20 for 2hrs, £30 for 4hrs; Child £15 for 2hrs, £20 for 4hrs; Family of four £55 for 2hrs, £75 for 4hrs. Includes ski, boot and helmet hire.
Ski Rossendale, Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall, Lancashire BB4 8RR
Tel: 01706 226457 skirossendale.co.uk