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Glencoe ski resort offering winter wonders

Posted 12 December 2012
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Glencoe ski resort offering winter wonders
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Glencoe's ski resort is now open, meaning all four of Scotland's five outdoor wintersport centres have now seen action on the slopes.

The facility on the slopes of Meall a'Bhuiridh was the last to open, but those heading for the White Corries site with their ski gloves can now enjoy a number of slopes with seven open today (December 12th).

Skiers can take to the Plateau Run, The Low Road, Access Return, Mugs Alley, The Wall, Happy Valley and Main Basin, while nine other runs are closed. The centre said of conditions: "Due to freeze thaw conditions the snow is firm and icy ... not really suitable for beginners unless with ski school although the plateau and Old Mugs Alley are complete. Main Basin, happy Valley and the Wall have good cover but are icy."

Glencoe has seen plenty of action this year as its facilities have been developed, from its 'Hobbit House' cabins for people to stay overnight to the development of a cafe that stays open late for some apres ski warmth. These have, however, not just been a feature of the winter season, as the summer has provided mountain biking - with improved runs - and archery.

Elsewhere Nevis Range is not now permanently open, as it opts for weekend only operations until various works are completed, which will include maintenance of its Gondola cable car system. The next time people can head there with their ski boots is the coming weekend (December 15th-16th).

Glenshee is not yet operating, but it is very close, with the resort reporting that it has "some runs close to complete with snow-making ongoing".

Elsewhere in the Cairngorms National Park, the Cairngorm Mountain and Lecht centres are open and have been for several days now. Cairngorm stated of midweek conditions: "It is looking good for the next few days, again with light winds and good visibility," while Lecht reports: "Main runs complete with excellent cover new snow on a firm base."

Within a few days all of Scotland's ski resorts may be open and for those who love to hit the slopes, now may be the perfect time to invest in some ski accessories for the month ahead.