Where . . . Ski Rossendale, East Lancashire

What . . . Ski Rossendale is the biggest outdoor ski slope in the northwest of England. The centre has three dry ski slopes: the 200-metre dendex main slope is accessed by two draglifts and is complete with a snowflex quarter-pipe; the permanent snowflex fun park; and the gentle nursery slope for lessons only with two rope tows and a travelator lift.

Private and group lessons are offered to suit all abilities, from taster sessions to freestyle training camps. There are also Family Fun Sessions and a Kids' club.

Freeskiers and snowboarders can practise their skills at the fun park with its selection of rails, boxes, a 13-foot-high quarter-pipe; and a kicker measuring 6.5 feet by 8 feet.

Snowtubing is available on the quarter-pipe for £7.50 per hour.

The centre is closed Mondays but open 4-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; 1-9 p.m. Wednesdays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at weekends.

Other Amenities . . . The Ski Rossendale Cafe serves a range of food and beverages and the latest ski gear is available on site. The Ski Lodge is used for education, team building, and business events.

Price . . . Recreational skiing costs £15 adults; £9 juniors for two hours. All equipment is included in the price.

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