Following persistent early snowfall skiers and snowboarders will be able to take to the slopes of Nevis Range, Fort William, in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, this weekend (4-5 December). Snow has been falling on the slopes for almost a month, a good base has built up and the conditions are now looking fantastic.

The resort was in the middle of its annual maintenance schedule, which includes working on its gondola system, ski lifts and tows. However, by working round the clock the team of engineers will have all the maintenance completed in time for the opening weekend.

The resort is in the process of expanding its Equipment Hire and building a new café bar restaurant. Unfortunately the new Equipment Hire will not be ready for this weekend and customers are advised to hire equipment before they travel.

Marian Austin, Nevis Range MD commented, "We hadn't planned to open until Saturday 18 December, but with the recent snowfall the conditions have been improving steadily, so decided to open early this weekend. Thanks must go to our engineering team who have been working tirelessly so that we will can open early. This will be the earliest date we have opened since 1996 when we opened for one day in November."

She continued, "So far our roads have been clear. We're lucky, our car park is just above sea level and once people arrive, the gondola takes them quickly up the mountain to the ski area. However customers are advised to keep watching the websites for the latest snow and weather conditions."