Media release: Nevis Range ski area opens on earliest date for 13 years

FOLLOWING persistent early snowfall, skiers and snowboarders will be able to take to the slopes of Nevis Range, Fort William, in the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, this weekend (4-5 December), two weeks earlier than scheduled and the earliest season opening for 13 years.

Begins a spokesperson: “Snow has been falling on the slopes for almost a month, a good base has built up and the conditions are now looking fantastic.

“The resort was in the middle of its annual maintenance schedule, which includes working on its gondola system, ski lifts and tows. However, by working round the clock the team of engineers will have all the maintenance completed in time for the opening weekend.

“The resort is in the process of expanding its equipment hire and building a new café bar restaurant.

“Unfortunately, the new equipment hire will not be ready for this weekend and customers are advised to hire equipment before they travel.

Marian Austin, Nevis Range MD, commented: “We hadn’t planned to open until Saturday 18 December, but with the recent snowfall the conditions have been improving steadily, so decided to open early this weekend.

“Thanks must go to our engineering team who have been working tirelessly so that we will can open early. This will be the earliest date we have opened since 1996 when we opened for one day in November.”

She continued: “So far our roads have been clear. We’re lucky, our car park is just above sea level and once people arrive, the gondola takes them quickly up the mountain to the ski area. However, customers are advised to keep watching the websites for the latest snow and weather conditions.”

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Notes for editors

The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola was originally constructed on Aonach Mor to transport skiers and snowboarders to the slopes. Today, the gondola whisks some 200,000 visitors each year to 650m, where they can eat at the Snowgoose restaurant, enjoy a drink at the bar, walk out to the mountain viewpoints, or simply enjoy the stunning highland scenery.

Established in 1989, Nevis Range has significantly diversified, creating a world-class downhill mountain bike track, and hosted five World Cups and one World Championship. The gondola is also widely used by climbers, paragliders and hangliders on their journey to the clouds. The ski area lies between the top of the gondola and the summit of Aonach Mor which, being the highest ski area in Scotland, has a good record for snow conditions running late into the season.

Nevis Range is located in the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’.

The Outdoor Capital was formed in 2003 as a not-for-profit community company established to promote Fort William and Lochaber as the best place to experience the outdoors in the UK; with the vision: To establish and maintain Fort William and Lochaber as one the UK’s premier destinations for outdoor pursuits and adventure tourism in an exceptional natural environment.

Nevis Range has adopted a Gaelic Language Plan and is working with Bord Na Gaidhlig to achieve its implementation.

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