Scotland: Lockdown closes all ski resorts

4th January 2021 | OTS Staff

News Regions: Scotland

Resorts in this article: Nevis Range, Lecht, Glencoe, Glenshee

The lifts have stopped turning at Glencoe, at least until January

The lifts have stopped turning at Glencoe, at least until January

Copyright: Glencoe Mountain
Rolling Scotttish skiing news . . . 

Jan. 4,2021

All Scottish ski areas are now closed until atleast the end of January as Scotland (and the rest of the UK) begins another lockdown tonight. Ticket will be refunded over the coming days.
Glenshee says: "We will be closed for the next 3 weeks due to the government guidelines, which are completely understandable given the situation we face at the moment. We hope to be open as soon as restrictions are lifted and it safe to do so for all concerned"
Glencoe says: "We are really sorry to report that all uplift, ski hire, ski school, cafes and accommodation are now closed until at least the end of January."

Dec. 27, 2020

There's good and bad news for skiers of Scotland this week: while one ski area is kicking off its 2020/21 ski season, another is closing until further notice.
Lecht 2090 was able to open from Boxing Day. Magic carpets are open for skiing and snowboarding. Equipment hire and Lessons must be pre-booked and please follow the Government Regulations on travel and only come from Aberdeenshire or Moray.

Cairngorm Mountain has closed snow sports and other facilities until further notice: The Board of Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited (CMSL) took the decision after considering the First Minister’s statement las Saturday that further COVID-19 restrictions will apply from Boxing Day.
Susan Smith, Interim Chief Excutive, said: "We are very disappointed to be in this position, but firmly believe it is the right course of action in light of the First Minister’s statement and for the safety of our colleagues, visitors and the local community. We will retain a small team on site for care and maintenance, while we await further notice from the First Minister regarding a relaxation of the restrictions."
Watch this space . . . 
Glencoe Mountain Resort last week announced it would open Boxing Day but has postponed due to lack of snow. It is currently open for sledging but they say: "Still not enough snow for skiing, although the forecast is looking promising going forward."
Glenshee was also intending to open to skiers from Boxing Day but wasn't able to due to poor snow. They're just waiting for a healthy dump of snow.
Nevis Range took decision back in November not to open  due to COVID-19.

Dec. 23, 2020

Cairngorm was the only ski resort able to open last week, but three others are hoping to kick off the ski season on Boxing Day: Glenshee, Glencoe and Lecht2090 are aiming to open Saturday.
Cairngorm Mountain made the statement: "Cairngorm is back open with the lower snow zone. The car park t-bar and mighty snow badger rope tow are up and running and they even have some freestyle features set up. It's about 4 degrees at the moment with passing showers and gusting winds. Limited tickets are on sale from the ticket office if you didn't manage to book online. Low pressure fronts look to be continuing through the week so check forecasts before booking."
Video: Cairngorm Mountain (19/12/20)
Glenshee has announced its new opening date for Boxing Day: "We will be OPEN. Only customers from Aberdeenshire and Perthshire as per government regulations can travel to us for snow sport activities."
Glencoe is hoping to open this Saturday (Boxing Day), but due to restrictions is only open to locals. Lecht 2090 is also opening Boxing Day and they made this statement: "Current travel restrictions in level 4 allow only customers from Moray and Aberdeenshire to travel to the Lecht.Ski Hire will need to be pre-booked on line and the Café will be on a take-away basis only."
Glenshee and Lecht 2090 moved into tier 3 last week. The Scottish government's guidelines say: "If you live in a Level 0, 1, or 2 area in Scotland, or are considering travel to Scotland from anywhere else, you must, by law, avoid any unnecessary travel to places in Level 3 or Level 4 areas."
For those who are able to travel from low-risk zones to Glencoe or Cairngorm, it's important you adhere to the safety guidelines on the mountain.

Safety guideines from the Scottish ski resorts:
- Wear masks/buffs indoors and in queues
- Stay 2 metres apart or with your bubble
- Wear gloves
- Send one person to pick up tickets or food for you
- Do not come if you or anyone you stay with or care for has COVID symptoms
- Check Scottish travel guidelines before setting out
Skiing in Scotland could be the answer for many British skiers who are feeling anxious about booking holidays in Europe.
The prospect of booking a European ski holiday is full of uncertainty right now - we don't know if or when resorts will open. Some travel agents have already announced they've cancelled all ski trips, then there's the negative Covid-19 test results needed to enter many European countries and the inevitable battling to claim refunds if your trip is cancelled.
The Ski Club of Great Britain's Consumer Survey for Winter 2020/21, highlighted some big differences between this year and last.
Firstly, this year there is a huge rise in skiers intending to make late bookings: over half (57%) are planning to book a last-minute holiday (within a month of travel), in comparison to only 10% last winter. This trend is totally understandable given the ever-changing restrictions to travel during the pandemic.
Booking a last-minute ski trip would definitely suit UK skiers considering the Scottish ski slopes, as prior to Nov. 5 there were no quarantine measures in place for travellers arriving in Scotland from the Common Travel Area (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man). Fingers crossed this will be the case again from Dec. 2. And there were also regular Easyjet and BA flights.
Secondly, the consumer survey showed that UK skiers planning a trip this winter are much more likely to drive than last season: 27% are planning to drive (only 7% last season). This isn't surprising given that many people would find it less risky to travel in their family car than to board a plane. With this in mind, a road trip to Scotland is an obvious choice. It just becomes a waiting game: waiting for ski areas to open and checking the forecast for a big snow dump, then it's time to buckle up and drive!

It's definitely worth doing your homework though as skiing in Scotland is very different to skiing in the Alps. Scottish skiers often have to contend with strong winds and unpredictable snowfall. Also the Scottish ski areas are not so much 'resorts', but more ski slopes with basic amentities and skiers often stay in nearby villages.

Nevis Range has announced it has suspended the sale of season tickets for now and temporarily closed its doors. 

You can read more about each of the Scottish ski centres here: "Five days in the Scottish Highlands"

The UK's dry and indoor ski centres have reopened: Indoor ski centres and Dry ski slopes




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