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).