Highland cows go skiing in Scotland

28th May 2014, by Abi Butcher

A skier in Edinburgh is stopped in his tracks by a Highland Cow

A skier in Edinburgh is stopped in his tracks by a Highland Cow

You might well expect to ski Highland cows in Scotland, but not crossing the piste.

But that’s exactly what happened last weekend at Midlothian Snowsports Centre in Hillend, near Edinburgh. A couple of Highland cows squeezed through a gap in the fence from a nearby farm and wandered on to the dry ski slope — stopping skiers and snowboarders in their tracks.

Ski instructor Emma Smith told The Daily Record that the cows’ appearance brightened up a day when sessions had been wrecked by the weather.

She told the paper: “The kids in my training group were beside themselves with excitement. And It did wonders for their speed – the thought of a big Highland cow chasing them.”

The farmer was called and the cows were returned safely to their field.

Midlothian Snowsports Centre has two main slopes of 400m and 320m, as well as two nursery slopes, a jump slope and range of freestyle features. It offers junior and adult ski and snowboard lessons as well as race training and tubing.



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