Lowther Hills is a membership-based ski area. You must be a Lowther Hills Ski Club member in order to use the club's facilities. Please note that only Lowther Hills Ski Club members receive updated snow conditions alerts and ski lift opening times. Join here.

The hill has a dusting of snow but not enough to operate the tows.

We are planning to open the nursery slope this weekend if we get enough snow. Ski Club members will receive an update by email on Friday.

The snow fallen last week has thawed, therefore we won't open the nursery area this weekend. However, Lowther Hills Ski Club member Ross Dolder, with friends Jamie Johnston and Craig Cameron enjoyed the snow above Leadhills to practise some winter skills including transceiver searches for avalanche rescue, and snow-hole making for emergency shelters.

We decided not to open the nursery area yet as the core volunteers were still focused in the construction of the Lowther Hill tow as well as a number of operational matters. In the meantime, Ross Dolder, Pete Coulson, Craig Cameron and Jamie Adcock went for a 10 mile ski tour from Wanlockhead to Elvanfoot to give us a flavour of the Lowther Hills' backcountry.

"Hardy snow sports fans have enjoyed their first day of the ski season in the south of Scotland." (BBC)

The Ski Club facilities are now closed for the season. We leave you with a video of a day in February 2014 when we went up Lowther Hill to play about on the slope where we will sit the Club's new 600 metre-long ski tow.

We look forward to seeing you next Winter season 2014/15!