Following this year's huge trading losses, the popular Scottish ski area, Nevis Range, released a statement yesterday that will be a big disappointment to many skiers:

"Unfortunately we have reached the very difficult conclusion to suspend the sale of season tickets for snowsports and temporarily close the business."

The statement went on to say that the pandemic has meant huge trading losses this year: "Due to the incredible challenges we have faced this year, our trading loss due to COVID-19 was £1m, we are concerned that while there are restrictions in place, we would simply not be able to trade in Decemeber and January withouth losing signficant amounts of money, which would put jobs at risk."

Shortly after this announcement, Glencoe Mountain Resort posted a more optimistic message on their Facebook page:

"Following the announcement at Nevis Range today we just wanted to re-assure all our customers that we plan to open for skiing and snowboarding on the 19th December as normal. While we appreciate there are still likely to be travel restrictions in place in many parts of the country we plan to ensure the lifts can run for those that are able to travel (even if it's just a few locals)."

Lift passes and ski hire this winter will all need to be booked online in advance. The deadline for earlybird season passes in Glencoe has been extended to Nov. 30 this year. Prices have also been frozen - £290 adults, £100 children and £250 for seniors/students.

Glenshee Ski Centre and Cairngorm Mountain are also hoping to open in December. Both ski areas are encouraging customers to purchase their early-bird season ski passes online.

Similarly The Lecht 2090 is also planning to open, after annnouncing a £400,000 project to update its 20-year-old snowmaking machines. Snowcover is an increasing problem in the Scottish Highlands. The new state-of-the-art TechnoAlpin snowmaking guns are able to make snow at -1C instead of -4C. They are installing four of the new snow cannons and a specialised groomer.

The Highlands & Islands enterprise is contributing £300,000 to the project and The Lecht has launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise the final £80,000. 

Managing Director of The Lecht, Pieter du Pon told InTheSnow: "The Covid pandemic means that travelling abroad this winter may be difficult, or impossible without lengthy quarantine, and we therefore want to offer families a safe, fun winter experience in Scotland.”

The new snowmaking equipment is expected to be in place by Christmas.