Scottish estate cuts cross-country tracks

22nd March 2013, by Abi Butcher

Cross-country skiing is proving popular at the Glen Tanar Estate in the Cairngorms

Cross-country skiing is proving popular at the Glen Tanar Estate in the Cairngorms

An estate in Scotland is making the most of the recent snowfall, by cutting cross-country ski tracks into the snow.

Nordic skiers have been flocking to Glen Tanar Estate in Royal Deeside to try out the new cross-country skiing tracks cut into the snow in the fields next to the visitor centre.

The estate, near Aboyne in the Cairngorms National Park, has long been popular with cross-country skiers but this is the first time estate owner Michael Bruce has purposefully created tracks for skiers.

Mr Bruce said: “We took our 6×6 Polaris ATV out with its snow tracks on to see what impact this would have. Snow cutting is not what this particular machine was designed for, but we’ve discovered that it carves perfect tracks for cross-country skiing. Now that we know what’s possible, we intend for the tracks to be a regular addition to the estate when there are sufficient levels of snow.”

Meanwhile, Cairngorm mountain, Nevis Range, Glenshee and Lecht are all closed today in “stormbound, blizzard conditions” with high winds and deep drifting snow, after enjoying amazing snow conditions at the resort this week. All areas say they are working to get the lifts open for the weekend.

For more information on Glen Tanar visit glentanar.co.uk and for more information on conditions at Scotland’s ski areas, see visitscotland.com



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