RTE Sport can reveal that the new lift on the Bretton Wood ski slope has become a top attraction in the town of Wirral after it opened to the public for the first time.
The lift, which is being built at the behest of Bretton Ski Club and the local council, features a specially-designed lift shaft, new lift racks, new lifts, new seating and new signage.
It is also the first lift in the area to be equipped with a full video and live video system, making it easier for visitors to get in and out of the lift.
The new lift is expected to be ready for riders by the end of March.
It is the latest in a series of lifts being developed for Bretton and will bring the town’s skier population up to about 1,000.
It was first introduced to the town in 2016 and the club has now invested a further £1.2m in the lift, with the lift currently being used by more than 400 riders.
Bretton Ski has been in operation since 2011 and the lift is being developed with a view to creating another new attraction in Wirraven.
A local resident who wished to remain anonymous told RTE Sports: “It’s been a great experience.
It’s a fantastic lift.
I think it’s fantastic, you can get in from anywhere and it’s great to see the skiers enjoying the lift and the community being here.”
The lift is currently being designed by Bric, which has also designed lifts for other areas in the North West.
A spokesman said: “Bric has worked with the local authorities and has developed an in-house lift design.
It will be used by around 1,500 riders at a time, and is currently in the process of being installed and testing.”