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SCOT RESORT CROWD FUNDS TO BUY SNOW FACTORY - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
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Glencoe needs the snow after a series of poor winters. It is the latest initiative to battle poor snow in Scotland.

 

 

The resort is the oldest in Scotland and began skiing in 1956, but last winter it managed only 32 days of skiing.

It had just over 4,000 skier days compared to the usual 30,000. 

"We had what we in Scotland call agricultural. That's code for there being lots of grass and mud mixed in with the snow," said the resort owner, Andy Meldrum.

The resort wants to buy a TechnoAlpin Snowfactory.

These units make 100 cubic meters of snow per day in temperatures of up to 25 degrees and unlike our conventional snow cannons can operate in mild, wet and windy conditions.

The snow is made inside the large metal case and then pumped out.

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The plan would be to turn the snow factory on in early November and build massive snow piles which would then be pushed out onto our new Coire Pollach ski run and sledging area for opening day on the 1st December.

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"Having an opening and closing date and being able to guarantee snow during the whole season would allow us to better support our local schools, clubs, athletes and provide a massively improved experience for you, all our amazing customers," said Andys Meldrum.

"It will also have an incredibly positive affect within the local economy, supporting local businesses during the winter which is typically a very tough trading period."

Scotland has suffered in the recent years through poor snow and other resorts have begun a series of initiatives as we have reported on PlanetSKI

The Glencoe Snowfactory would be the first in Scotland, but the units have already proved effective on slopes in Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

PlanetSKI saw one in operation in the resort of Ax3Domaine in the French Pyrenees in 2016.

At the time there were only 5 in the world and the resort had one on lease.

"With the poor snow so far this winter it has quite literally saved our season," said Jacques Murat from the resort's tourist office at the time to me.

The resort used it to cover bare spots and it then allowed sections of the ski area to remain open.

Skiing and snowboarding continued in Ax3Domaines and there was no need to refund money on lift passes or reduce their cost.

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The campaign aims to raise £320,000 in 45 days, with almost £9,000 already pledged.

Anyone who wants to support the move can find details at www.pledgesports.org

Andy Meldrum said: "Supplier TechnoAlpin currently have a Snowfactory unit reserved for us and as long as we place our order by October the unit will be delivered in November".

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