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Scottish ski resorts start to open

Posted 3 December 2012
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Scottish ski resorts start to open
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The cold and snowy weather conditions of recent days may seem like bad news for some people, but for those wanting to get the skiwear out of the cupboard or buy some new equipment, this is an exciting time.

Last week ended with two of Scotland's five ski resorts announcing they were set to open up some of their runs, to kick off the British winter season.

The Lecht and Cairngorm Mountain both said they would be open for business, although sufficient snow was still awaited at Glensee - the other resort in the Cairngorms National Park - and the two west Highland resorts of Glencoe and the Nevis Range.

Having said on Friday (November 30th) that five runs were set to open, today (December 3rd) the Lecht announced seven were expected to be in action. The same number have been confirmed open at Cairngorm Mountain, including Coire Cas and the Ciste Fairway.

Glenshee remains closed, as does the Nevis Range, but the latter case is very much a matter of "watch this space", with the resort noting there is not quite enough snow to open yet, but the possibility of weekend opening if the snow deepens. One complicating factor is the closure of the Gondola cable car system for annual maintenance between December 15th and 20th.

As for Glencoe, this also remains closed, but it noted that there has been "heavy overnight snow continuing to improve conditions," which may indicate a few more flurries will be enough.

Of course, it is not just in Scotland that there are chances to ski in Britain. England does not have any fully-fledged resorts with numerous ski lifts and an array of public facilities like restaurants and shops. However, there are ski clubs in place like Cumbria and Durham.

For example, the Lake District Ski Club meets on the slopes of Raise, near Helvellyn, identified as holding more snow than almost anywhere else in the national park. Its facilities may be comparatively limited, but it does boast a ski tow and the second highest flushing toilet in England.

As the snows continue to fall, skiers in the mountains of northern Britain may soon be flushed with delight at the prospects ahead.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801499885-ADNFCR