SKI-ING; Snow Factor at XSite Braehead closes

Pictures by MT Rainey

By Bill Heaney

Scotland’s only indoor ski slope has closed after the company that runs it appointed a liquidator.

Snow Factor at XSite Braehead will be shut until further notice following a court order, just as the popular outsoor ski-ing season gets off the ground..

The snowsport centre appointed administrators last year, according to Companies House records and began liquidation proceedings earlier this month.

XSite says its other shops, restaurants and attractions remain open.

A statement released by the company this week said: “Following ongoing legal proceedings and a subsequent court order, Snow Factor at XSite Braehead will be closed from today until further notice.”

Snow Factor
Snow Factor was Scotland’s only indoor real snow slope

Snow Factor, much used by aspiring skiers from West Dunbartonshire and Argyll, which boasted the “longest indoor real snow slope in the UK”, directed customers with existing bookings to contact or 0141 8857000.

The firm’s parent company is Ice Factor Group, which also owns ice climbing centre Ice Factor Kinlochleven in the Highlands.

Companies House records show Snow Factor Ltd appointed administrators on 4 November, 2021.

The company appointed a voluntary liquidator on 7 November, 2022.

‘Great shame it has shut’

Former Olympian and British downhill skier Graham Bell told BBC Radio Scotland’s Drivetime programme that he hoped it was “not the end” for the venue.

He said: “It’s a great shame that it has shut and let’s hope there is some way it can be saved.

“If it could remain open it would help a lot of young skiers coming up and help with the development process of winter sports in Scotland.”

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