Most Scottish centers will not offer skiing when they reopen from the 26

Scottish ski centers have confirmed their intention to reopen in accordance with the easing of the Scottish lockdown, from Monday 26 April, but the chances of any ski lift accessible appear slim.

Earlier this month, officials at Cairngorm Mountain above Aviemore said they were considering offering skiing, but have now ruled out doing so,

“Unfortunately, while we have seen unusual spring weather conditions in recent weeks, the snow cover remains insufficient on the lower mountain to allow access to snow sports in general,” said a spokesperson.

Nevis Range has also ruled out snow sports there, but Glencoe says there is still a chance, but no decision has been made yet.

“Initially all we can be sure to open is the base station access chair, accommodation and coffee. Any possibility of ski-lift assistance will be evaluated earlier, ”said a spokesperson.

Le Lecht did not post any opening plan but the webcam images no longer show substantial snow. Glenshee is the same but says their Cairnwell chairlift will be open for summer tourism from Friday April 30.

Scottish ski centers were able to open in December and the first days of January before the start of the second lockdown. Ironically, January and the first half of February brought the snowiest conditions in more than a decade, with skiers encouraged to stay home.

(The Lecht February 11)

The second half of February and March were warm and much of the snow fell, but according to Cairngorm’s statement, April was unusually cold and snowy. All five of Scotland’s centers have all-season snow machines that would allow them to snow in the spring in limited areas, but seem to have decided that was not a valid idea so late in the season.

A more recent easing of restrictions initially allowed people to hike for ski touring if they lived within a few miles of a track, but as of this weekend people can travel through Scotland for ski touring as long as they get home at night.

“In light of the further easing of travel restrictions in Scotland, we expect many… to head to the mountains to end the Scottish Snow touring season!” reads a statement from Snowsport Scotland. The organization also published this video with advice for off-piste skiers moderated by Lesley McKenna.

Overnight tourism and (yet to be confirmed) authorized travel from the rest of the UK to Scotland is expected to resume from the 26e April, the very day of the reopening of the ski lifts.

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