Scottish Ski Resort Suspends its Upcoming Season
13th November 2020
Last modified on May 13th, 2021
The Nevis Range is to stop the sale of season passes and will not be opening the resort at the start of the season. It blames Covid-19 with growing uncertainty over restrictions. Others are reviewing their positions with Glencoe saying it will open as planned in December.
There are five ski areas in Scotland – The Nevis Range, Glencoe, Glenshee, The Lecht and Cairngorm.
After losing £1m due to the pandemic The Nevis Range has said it can’t open in December and January while there are restrictions in place as it would lose “significant amounts of money, which would put jobs at risk”.
It says it has “reached the very difficult conclusion to suspend the sale of Season Tickets for Snowsports and temporarily close the business.”
“With all of the travel restrictions and uncertainty surrounding winter operations we are not 100% confident that we can deliver a full season for you.”
Skiers and snowboarders that have already purchased a season pass can have a full refund and loyalty discounts with be carried over for all season ticket holders to the 21/22 season.
The resort says that if the situation changes then it might be able to reopen in the second half of the season.
“We can’t wait to be back open and as soon as we have great conditions and less travel restrictions, we will be back out on the hill with you all!”
“Thank you for all of your support during this really challenging year.”
Many people in Scotland and the UK have been looking at the possibility of skiing in Scotland this winter with North America likely out-of-bounds and growing restrictions in the Alps and the Pyrenees.
We reported on the situation earlier.
There are five levels of Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland with travel restrictions. We detail them at the end of this article.
The other resorts in Scotland are now reviewing their positions.
Glencoe has it is currently planning to open on 19th December as planned.
“While we appreciate there are likely t still be travel restrictions in place in many parts of the country, we plan to ensure the lifts can run for those that are able to travel even if it’s just a few locals,” said the resort.
There will be social distancing and other measures in place.
Lift passes and ski hire will need to be booked online and in advance.
The other Scottish resorts have made no public announcements.
Areas in the west of Scotland have been warned they may be placed under the highest level of Covid restrictions next week.
Councils in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lanarkshire health board areas have been told it is possible that restrictions may need to be increased from level three to level four.
This would result in the closure of gyms, hospitality and non-essential shops.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said case numbers were “so stubbornly high” in some level three areas that it raised a question of whether the restrictions were doing enough to suppress the virus.