Of course we’d all love there to be snow on tap whenever we wanted to go skiing or snowboarding. But the fact is we need to wait for winter. And sometimes we need to wait until the deepest mid-winter. That’s why dry ski slopes and indoor snow slopes are so popular, especially in Britain. Now the UK’s longest dry ski slopes is set for a £500,000 revamp.
The Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend, near Edinburgh, will be upgraded to include new, safer ski matting at its existing nursery slope, snowtubing runs and two new lifts.
Sportscotland, the national agency for sport, has provided the funding.
It was only recently that the popular Scottish dry ski slope, which is also known as Hillend ski slope, was threatened with closure after Midlothian Council said it could no longer afford to fund it. But then Sportscotland and the Scottish government stepped in with £1m of funding to secure the centre’s future.
The fight to save the centre was the focus of an internet campaign supported by a 27,000 people. It just goes to show how many people like their skiing!
Derek Milligan, Midlothian Council’s leader, is reported as saying: “We know there is huge enthusiasm out there for the centre and these improvements will offer something for everyone, whether it’s snowtubing, learning to ski on the new, safer nursery slopes or choosing a different slope from the top of the chair lift.
“We hope these exciting plans for this national facility will have a positive impact on snowsports for people across the country by helping to maximise the full potential of the site.”
With thanks to .Martin on Flickr for the header image.