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Snowfactory installed and running at Glencoe Mountain

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has contributed £140 000 towards the acquisition of a TechnoAlpin Snowfactory by Glencoe Mountain Ltd. (GML), the operator of Glencoe Mountain in Scotland.

Snowfactory installed and running at Glencoe Mountain

The resort, Scotland’s oldest ski area, used the technology for a trial period during the 2017 – 2018 season along with two other Scottish ski centres (The Lecht and CairnGorm) and was able to purchase the Snowfactory permanently in May. The Lecht announced its permanent acquisition of a Snowfactory earlier this month.

The Snowfactory at Glencoe – which has now been installed and is operating – will give continuous cover over part of the resort, and is expected to guarantee skiing during Christmas and Easter next year. The project is part of a wider programme by GML which includes the development of additional visitor accommodation, online ticketing and ski hire facilities which help to develop Glencoe as an all year-round attraction.

Alison Gainsford, HIE’s Head of Business Growth, said: “Glencoe is a very popular skiing destination and an important part of Scotland’s wider ski industry and tourism sector which provides valuable rural employment.

“Last year’s trial of snow making technology at the centre was very successful, with very positive results. It will make a huge difference to customer confidence and visitor experience. Importantly it will also make the business more sustainable and provide job security for employees.

“Our investment means GML has been able to install the equipment sooner than would be the case otherwise and the facility is already up and running with snow being produced at the top of the hill. I am delighted we are able to support this investment and look forward to seeing the benefits to the company and to its customers over this season.”

Andy Meldrum, GML, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be making snow even when it’s lashing down with rain knowing that for the first time ever in Scottish skiing we can guarantee what day we open (1 December) and what day we will close for the season (6 May).

“The value of this cannot be underestimated not only for our customers and the local economy as it will give visitors more confidence in planning trips and will provide huge benefits for our business and the local economy. We are extremely grateful to HIE and all our customers and local businesses who have helped make this possible.”

Picture credit: Glencoe Mountain

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