Ben Nevis range snowsports are open for business
Get your skis on – Ben Nevis snow is falling and skiers are on the piste.
By Lizzie Healey
The 2019 winter season is now fully under way and Scotland’s highest snowsports destination is open for business!
After a long-awaited start, Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near the Highland town of Fort William at the heart of the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, opened its doors to ski and snowboard enthusiasts for its first official day of the 2019 season.
Following one or two false starts, and after a couple of heavy snow falls and continuing cold temperature there was finally enough of the white stuff to get the show on the road.
Nikki Stafford, marketing manager at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, said: “It’s awesome to finally open our doors for snowsports this season! When both locals and visitors get out onto the slopes of Aonach Mor, the mountain really comes alive.
“This weekend there was certainly a special buzz around the hill that only comes when the snow falls and the runs are full of skiers and snowboarders. We are definitely looking forward to further snowfalls this week to further improve on conditions.
“We’ve also got an action-packed events programme lined up for all ages and skill levels this winter. Full details can be found on our website – nevisrange.co.uk.”
More snow is forecast to fall across the slopes of Aonach Mor this week and into the weekend. This will enhance current conditions and hide away those unwanted natural hazards.
John Sutherland, activities director at Nevis Range Mountain Experience, said: “It is fantastic to be back on the hill enjoying the snow! A massive effort goes in from the whole team to get the mountain winter ready. When the snow falls it’s good to see everyone’s hard work pay off.
“Last Saturday was a great day on the hill, snow conditions were variable across the mountain (which definitely need a bit more for a powder day) with some good skiing on pisted runs and powder pockets could be found in some off piste areas. The sun was shining and we held the first round of the Nevis Range Freestyle Series.
“We look forward to welcoming skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities to the slopes for the rest of the season.”
Throughout winter 2018/19, a range of fun and family focused events will be staged at Nevis Range including the Nevis Freestyle Series and the Nevis Mini Shredder Series, quiz nights, ceilidhs, food and drink evenings; together with the welcome return of Ski-an-Duro, the ‘ever so slightly bonkers’ ski/board and mountain bike race from the summit to the gondola base station.
A full event schedule can be found on the website https://www.nevisrange.co.uk/events/events-calendar/