Midlothian Snowsports Centre is thrown £1m lifeline

Britain's No 2 skier Pamela Thorburn at Midlothian Snowsport Centre, Hillend.
Britain's No 2 skier Pamela Thorburn at Midlothian Snowsport Centre, Hillend.

The cash-strapped Midlothian Snowsports Centre has been thrown a lifeline worth almost £1 million.

National backing from sportscotland has helped lift closure fears, which have hung over the Hillend facility for more than a year.

Two funding packages, which will focus on attracting younger skiers, will be used to redevelop the centre and strengthen the schools’ programme.

The sports agency is to invest £533,000 in improving the slopes and visitor centre and a further £400,000, from the Active Schools programme, will support the use of the ski centre by children in the Lothians.

The visitor centre will also get a facelift. It is hoped that work will be carried out during the summer with minimum disruption to users.

Full story in this week’s Advertiser (March 31).