Browsing entries tagged with Scotland

9 Oct 2018

Discover the backcountry with Ellis Brigham

Discover the backcountry with Ellis Brigham

Ellis Brigham is helping skiers put the focus on backcountry this season, with a special talk at its flagship London store later this month followed by a very affordable skills weekend in Scotland next…

6 Dec 2017

Snowmaking for Scottish ski resort

Snowmaking for Scottish ski resort

CairnGorm Mountain in Scotland will be using artificial snowmaking this winter — but snowmaking with a revolutionary difference, that can be used at almost any outdoor temperature. A temporary “Snowfactory”,…

3 Oct 2016

Become a ‘Director of Toughness’

Become a ‘Director of Toughness’

Are you looking for a new job with a bit of “oomph”? One that will test you to the extreme and lead you on crazy and exciting new adventures? How about applying for the position of “Director of Toughness”?…

15 Jul 2016

Controversy over Cairngorm ski lift

Controversy over Cairngorm ski lift

The company that owns Cairngorm ski resort in Scotland has been reprimanded for doing work to improve facilities for skiers without planning consent. Natural Retreats, which operates Cairngorm ski resort…

30 Nov 2015

Cairngorm to host snowsport festival

Cairngorm to host snowsport festival

There are many fantastic music festivals in the Alps, but today CairnGorm Mountain in Scotland has announced the first snowsports festival to take place in a British ski resort. “Groove Cairngorm”…

18 Jun 2015

Go midsummer skiing in Glencoe

Go midsummer skiing in Glencoe

Glencoe ski area in Scotland is planning a Midsummers Day ski this Sunday, 21 June in celebration of the Summer Solstice. There’s still plenty of spring skiing to be had in the Lochaber area of the Scottish…

1 May 2015

Skiing continues in Val Thorens

Skiing continues in Val Thorens

The ski resort of Val Thorens in the Three Valleys, France has posted a nice advert for its current ski conditions – with more snow forecast over the weekend. The video snow report was posted onto YouTube…

29 Apr 2015

End-of-season freshies in Scotland

End-of-season freshies in Scotland

While most ski resorts have closed now — or are closing this weekend — there’s a surprising end-of-season celebration going on in Scotland at the moment. This morning, Cairngorm mountain reports…

14 Jan 2015

Ski in Scotland on World Snow Day

Ski in Scotland on World Snow Day

It’s snowing in Scotland, just in time for World Snow Day this weekend, and a host of offers to get families skiing and snowboarding. On Sunday (18 January), Glencoe, Glenshee and Nevis Range as well…

2 Sep 2014

Ski slope planned for southern Scotland

Ski slope planned for southern Scotland

A ski club in Scotland is appealing for help moving its ski tow this weekend to a permanent home on Lowther Hill near Leadhills in Dumfries and Galloway. The Lowther Hills Ski Club is building a clubhouse,…

9 Jun 2014

Skiing declined in Scotland last season

Skiing declined in Scotland last season

Skiing and snowboarding has declined in Scotland over the 2013/14 season, despite phenomenal snowfalls. The record levels of snow led to fewer days in Scotland’s five ski areas as staff struggled…

28 May 2014

Highland cows go skiing in Scotland

Highland cows go skiing in Scotland

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…

19 Apr 2014

CairnGorm cuts UK’s first real half-pipe

CairnGorm cuts UK’s first real half-pipe

The UK’s first ever real half-pipe competition is being held at CairnGorm Mountain today. Skiers and snowboarders are competing side by side in “Bag the Pipe” on the 18ft half-pipe above the Ptarmigan…

28 Mar 2014

Brit breaks World Ski Record

Brit breaks World Ski Record

A skier from Edinburgh has broken the Guinness World Ski Record for skiing the most number of countries in one month. Jamie Stevenson, who works for Ski Independence, raised more than £3,000 for Disability…

27 Feb 2014

Charity helps Scot become instructor

Charity helps Scot become instructor

A 19-year-old from South Lanarkshire has become the first young Scottish person to qualify as a ski instructor through the charity Snow-Camp Glasgow. Michael Conner from Blantyre says his life has “changed…

17 Feb 2014

Cumbrian ski lift buried by snow

Cumbrian ski lift buried by snow

While the south of England recovers from Friday’s high winds and floods, a ski resort in the north of England is celebrating “brilliant” conditions. The Cumbrian ski slope on Raise, next to Helvellyn…

5 Feb 2014

Brit aims to break Ski World Record

Brit aims to break Ski World Record

A British man will next month attempt to break the Ski World Record by skiing 20 different countries in 31 days to raise money for Disability Snowsport UK. Jamie Stephenson, who works for the tour operator…

18 Nov 2013

Off-piste ski guide to Scotland published

Off-piste ski guide to Scotland published

The first guide to off-piste skiing in Scotland has been published by local ski guide Kenny Biggin. “Scottish Offpiste Skiing and Snowboarding: Nevis Range and Ben Nevis” was launched on Friday, 15…

8 Jul 2013

Scotland reports bumper ski season

Scotland reports bumper ski season

Nearly 300,000 “skier days” were had in Scotland’s ski resorts last season, giving the country one of its best winter seasons on record. Between them, revenue from the five ski centres injected about…

16 Jun 2013

Snowboarders build their own slope

Snowboarders build their own slope

A snowboarder from Aviemore last week built his own slope and snowboard ramp to celebrate his birthday. Mike Jachacy, a 31-year-old snowboard coach, enlisted the help of nine friends and a 4x4, van and…

2 Apr 2013

Skier dies in Scottish avalanche

Skier dies in Scottish avalanche

An “extremely experienced” skier has died in Scotland after being caught in an avalanche while skiing off-piste behind Glencoe Ski Centre at the weekend. A rescue party involving 50 people and an RAF…

22 Mar 2013

Scottish estate cuts cross-country tracks

Scottish estate cuts cross-country tracks

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…

6 Mar 2013

Special deals for women skiers

Special deals for women skiers

If you’re a mum or even just female free and cut-price ski passes are coming your way this week. To celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday (8 March), the Swiss ski resort of Verbier is offering…

14 Feb 2013

Lecht reopens after chairlift accident

Lecht reopens after chairlift accident

The Scottish ski resort of Lecht plans to reopen today after five children and an adult were hurt when a chairlift derailed earlier this week. The accident happened at 3.25pm on Tuesday afternoon, when…

22 Mar 2012

Scottish skiing welcomes VAT cut

Scottish skiing welcomes VAT cut

Scotland’s skiing industry has welcomed a VAT rate cut that ought to mean better value lift passes next winter. The government announced the decision as part of the chancellor’s budget plans,…

18 Apr 2011

Bubble wrap Scottish snow?

Bubble wrap Scottish snow?

A scientist carrying out experiments in the Scottish Highlands believes that covering the snow at Nevis Range in bubble wrap could preserve it and prolong the season. The general idea isn’t new,…

19 Mar 2011

Every lift open in six years, says Nevis Range

Every lift open in six years, says Nevis Range

Persistent and heavy snowfalls have meant the Scotland’s Nevis Range may open all lifts for the first time in six years. The ski area, above Fort William in the Scottish Highlands expects to open…

13 Mar 2011

Snowfall for Scotland

Snowfall for Scotland

Severe weather has hit Scotland once again, blanketing the country’s five ski areas in heavy snowfall. The slopes were transformed from their spring conditions, as wintry storms moved north overnight.…

24 Feb 2011

Snowcross back at Glenshee

Snowcross back at Glenshee

The thrill of snowcross events comes to Scotland on 5 and 6 March, when the two-day Western Saab Challenge heads for Glenshee. Over 100 skiers and snowboarders will race head to head in the Scottish Snowcross…

6 Dec 2010

Skiers flock to Scottish slopes

Skiers flock to Scottish slopes

Over 10,000 skiers and boarders took to the Scottish ski areas over the weekend, the wintry weather creating some of the best early season conditions for years. Four of the five ski areas are now open.…

29 Nov 2010

Cairngorm snow bound again

Cairngorm snow bound again

Scottish skiers are enjoying big snowfalls once again, as the winter freeze continues across Britain. We’ve been there last season, but not quite at the end of November: the snow is piling up at…

19 Jun 2010

Midsummer slide at Cairngorm

Midsummer slide at Cairngorm

Who says you need a glacier to ski in summer? Cairngorm Mountain won’t give up on the ski and board season just yet ... the Scottish resort is opening the slopes for a midsummer slide. It’s…

25 May 2010

Keeping cool at Cairngorm

Keeping cool at Cairngorm

As the UK enjoys the hottest temperatures of the year so far, a few keen skiers and riders are keeping cool on the slopes of Cairngorm, Scotland. With temperatures peaking at 27C in parts of Scotland,…

19 Apr 2010

Charity ski day at Glencoe

Charity ski day at Glencoe

Reckon you could ski down the equivalent of Mont Blanc, on a Scottish mountain? Skiers and boarders are being invited to do just that at Glencoe Ski Centre on Saturday 25 April – and raise money for…

16 Apr 2010

New lift for Scotland

New lift for Scotland

Glenshee ski area in Scotland expects to continue with plans to install a new chairlift, the result of the best winter season for a decade. Management at the ski centre near Braemar has decided to re-invest…

5 Mar 2010

Cairngorm attempts kilted record

Cairngorm attempts kilted record

Quick – men in skirts! There will be plenty of kilts on display in Cairngorm resort, Scotland, this Saturday 6 March – the resort is attempting to set a world record. In a charity event, Cairngorm…

25 Feb 2010

60cm snow for Scotland

60cm snow for Scotland

What a season Scottish ski centres are having; the blizzards are back and up to 60cm snow is expected for the Central Highlands though Thursday. All five of the ski areas are reported stormbound at present.…

22 Dec 2009

Nevis Range turns 20

Nevis Range turns 20

Scotland’s Nevis Range ski area opened for the season on 19 December, exactly 20 years to the day since first opening for skiing and boarding. On 19 December 1989 the resort welcomed its first skiers,…

29 Nov 2009

Scottish season begins at Cairngorm

Scottish season begins at Cairngorm

Skiing and boarding has started in Scotland this weekend, with the first runs open at Cairngorm Mountain. A few hardy souls hit the slopes on Saturday 28 November for the first turns of the season. Although…

2 Nov 2009

Glencoe saved again

Glencoe saved again

The future of Glencoe Ski Centre in Scotland looks brighter again, following a last ditch attempt to save the resort from another possible closure. In an official press release, the centre announced an…

7 Oct 2009

Cairngorm enjoys first snowfall

Cairngorm enjoys first snowfall

A cold snap across the Scottish Highlands left Cairngorm Mountain with several centimetres of snow this week and a sudden rush of visitors to play in it. OK, it wasn’t that much but you could throw a…

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