A good dusting of snow today! The forecast is for freezing temperatures overnight so hopefully the snow sticks around. If so there is a chance (volunteer availability dependent) we could get the tow(s) up and running tomorrow (Sunday 5th) so if you're a member then keep an eye on your emails, if the snow is suitable then we will fire out an email letting you know rough timings and which tow(s) will be running. Keep your fingers crossed!
All the action has been happening in Lowther Hill lately as the snow is definitely gone from village level. Last week we had night skiing on Whiteside for the first time and we inaugurated the big snowpark toys on Sunday on a still decent snow cover.
Another very windy weekend which limited operations but we managed to make a few turns after our wonderful volunteers carried out the usual après storm maintenance work.
Last week we survived Storm Dennis and managed to spin the tow wheels a couple of times when the wind gave us a break. Here we were yesterday enjoying a late afternoon slide on Whiteside, Lowther Hill. Thanks to all the volunteers who made skiing possible today despite challenging weather conditions.
Thanks to your wonderful volunteers we managed to squeeze another three days of skiing in Leadhills this week. The quality of the snow on Tuesday was the best we've seen for a long time! Storm Dennis is now with us, with a Yellow Warning Alert of high winds and rain which will continue until mid next week. Members keep an eye on your emails for further updates.
The snow came back to Scotland's Highest Villages and thanks to your fantastic volunteers we've been able to enjoy another couple of days of skiing!
It's been a windy week here in Scotland's Highest Villages, starting with 89mph wind gusts at Lowther Hill on Monday last week and around 50-60 mph gusts the rest of the week. Pleased to report that our indestructible Engine Hut (a garden shed in its previous life) is still standing, and we even managed to run a tow for our hardiest members on what was left of the snow on Lowther Hill!
We've been having a few cold days on the hill as it's usually the case at this time of the year. The first snow of the season came on the 8th November with a very thin dusting of snow on Lowther Hill, followed by a bit more snow on the 11th, see webcam picture. First snowfall at village level, another thin dusting, came on the 14th. Winter is approaching fast, please renew your membership now before we start running the tows!
The snow is thawing rapidly, it looks like the 2018/19 season is about to come to an end. Here is a video of our new slope Sooth o' Scotland, which runs past the site of the 1960-70s South of Scotland Ski Club rope tow. Thank you everybody for supporting south of Scotland's only ski centre. It's been a very busy winter, now keep an eye out for the summer work parties!
Storm Gareth has wiped most of the snow off the hill. There is still a narrow cover on Throw Rig and Doon Hame all the way from the Engine Hut to the Clubhouse, but the uplift line of the Lowther Tow is mostly gone.
That's all the snow now gone from the south of Scotland after a couple of weeks of mild temperatures and rain, including a record-breaking weather up north in Aberdeenshire. The long range forecast until the end of February is not looking very hopeful, but again in previous years we have opened the lifts in March and April so stay tuned :-)
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