Scotland’s premier snowsports centre has nearly completed £600,000 of improvement works – just in time for the winter season.
From Wednesday 14 November, the public will be able to enjoy the brand new facilities at Midlothian Snowsports Centre.
During the next two weeks the Centre will be operating limited opening of the new facilities during daylight hours, to allow for a period of testing. Thereafter, the additional ski runs will be open fully.
The Centre caters for all types of snowsports from skiing to snowboarding – with peak visitor times being between November and March.
Now, keen snowsports enthusiasts and those who would just like to try snow sports can check out the exciting improvements for themselves, which include:
- An additional 210-metre slope on the hill
- 60 metres of new nursery slope with new, safer ski matting
- Extension and improvement work to existing nursery slopes
- Installation of new travellator uplift systems
Midlothian Council owns and runs the Snowsports Centre and we worked with an expert team of designers on the improvements, which were funded by a £533,000 investment from sportscotland, the national agency for sport, and an injection of funds from the Boyd Anderson Trust.
Stewart Harris, sportscotland’s chief executive, said: “The fabulous improvements which have been carried out at Midlothian Snowsport Centre will encourage even more people onto the slopes in the coming months.
“sportscotland’s investment of £533,000 has been used along with funding from the Boyd Anderson Trust to take the facilities to the next level, and the centre is an excellent example of partners, including Midlothian Council, successfully collaborating.
“It is vital that we maximise the opportunities for people to become involved in sport and this investment shows our commitment to help develop and support a world-class sporting system at all levels, which will inspire future generations to be the best they can be.”
Cllr Bob Constable, Leader of Midlothian Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the transformation of the Snowsports Centre at Hillend. I want to thank everyone involved, including the Scottish Government, sportscotland, our contractors and staff, for their support in bringing this project to such a successful conclusion.
"If you haven’t visited the Midlothian Snowsports Centre in a while, you’ll be delighted with all our new facilities, including the longest and most exciting dry ski slope in Europe. The improvements put our ski centre on the map as Scotland’s premier snowsports attraction.”
The 240 metres of tubing are also nearing completion with a further announcement coming soon.
It is expected that the official opening will take place next year.