SCOTLAND’S sport minister took to the Hillend ski slopes to urge caution on outdoor trips this winter.
Shona Robison delivered the annual Winter Safety Message at Midlothian Snowsports Centre, advising people to be well prepared when heading into the hills and mountains.
She said: “With some snowsports centres opening with the early arrival of snow, I’m glad that people are enjoying our countryside, getting active at the same time and experiencing some of the most spectacular scenery around.
“I urge everyone, whether you are an experienced climber or walker or not, to check local weather forecasts, plan ahead and have the correct safety equipment before heading out.”
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