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THE LECHT BUYS A SNOW FACTORY
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The Scottish ski area has splashed out after a successful trial last winter. It's planning to open up in early December.

 

 

 

In a statement on social media the resort says it's been planning the purchase of the TechnoAlpin snowfactory for some time but now it's official.

The snowfactory, which comes in a shipping container, allows artificial snow to be made whatever the outside temperature.

The Lecht says it will use green energy produced by its wind turbine to power the unit.

The Lecht wind turbineThe Lecht wind turbine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It plans to open some slopes for skiing and snowboarding in early December.

The Lecht has received £200,000 towards the £520,000 cost of buying the factory from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

"The machine will give continuous cover on the nursery area which is important for securing jobs at the Lecht and for the Lecht Ski School which attracts many school groups, and will guarantee snow from early December to mid April," HIE says.

"It will also enable the centre to guarantee skiing during the three key holiday periods of Christmas, half-term and Easter.

"This will help mitigate the impact that lack of natural snow can have on the company's profitability and workforce."

The  Lecht tried out the technology last February and was able to use some of the snow it created in the summer.

The LechtThis Lecht this summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It enable the GB park and pipe youth team to train there on snow on three of the hottest days of the year in June.

A jump was built with the run-in on snow placed on top of matting and the landing onto an airbag.

Jump at The LechtThe jump before the snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LechtGB Park & Pipe on the jump at The Lecht this summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"As well as improving skiing conditions and reliability on the main slopes, this equipment is great for maintaining features such as jumps and rails for snowboarders; something that more and more customers are looking for," James McIntosh of the Lecht Ski Company said.

"The trial last year made a huge difference here and we were left in no doubt about pursuing this investment.

"For the first time, we will be able to guarantee a start date for the season, and that there will be snow here during the key dates of Christmas, half term and Easter.

"The investment from HIE means we can install the equipment sooner than would be the case otherwise.

"We certainly welcome this and look forward to having the facility up and running in the next few weeks."

The snowfactories have been used at other Scottish ski areas and approval has just been given for Cairngorm to buy one.

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The LechtGetting ready for winter at The Lecht

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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