Last year Scottish ski resorts kicked the season ahead of schedule on Nov. 13.
This year, the early snow may not yet have fallen, but Scottish ski resorts have undergone signifcant improvements over the summer. Now all they need is snow!
What's new for Scottish ski resorts this year?
New holiday homes are being constructed called Hobbit Houses (log cabins). Glencoe is erecting 10 at the base station along with 10 campervan hook-ups and a new shower block making it the only ski centre in Scotland with onsite accommodation. A new beginner's tow has been erected across the plateau to improve the experience for newcomers to snowsports. Glencoe has also invested in new snowmaking to ensure good conditions on lower slopes.
In order to reduce queuing times at the Base Station, a new ticket office is nearing completion on level 3 of the Day Lodge in Cairngorm. A tunnel entrance for its funicular railway will be heated to help speed up de-icing of the hillside rail system. Cairngorm is also keenly awaiting delivery of a Techno Alpin snow canon for trial for the season.
Glenshee has a new chairlift serving the Cairnwell area and an expanded beginners' area. Gleshee has also invested in 200 new sets of hire skis and new snow fencing.
Nevis Range has increased its equipment hire, added an online equipment booking and snowsports school and built an area for training in the use of avalanche transceivers.
The Lecht will introduce a new snowboard area with rail and it has put covers over its Magic Carpet conveyor ski tow when not in use so it can be opened more quickly in mornings.