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BIG PLANS FOR SCOTTISH DRY SLOPE - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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Almost £14 million is to be invested to turn Midlothian Snowsports Centre near Edinburgh into an all-year multi-activity location.



 

The centre, once known as Hillend dry slope, will revert to its original name and become Destination Hillend.

Midlothian council has agreed to invest £13.8 million of capital funding, phased over three financial years between now and 2022.

The decision follows a consultation process which included a public meeting of around 200 people in January, the majority of whom supported the development.

It's a big change in fortune for the centre which was threatened with closure in 2010.

Midlothian Sports Centre Midlothian Sports Centre today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ambitious plans include:

  • The highest zipline in the UK
  • The longest alpine coaster in the UK
  • An upgrade & extension to the funslope
  • A new reception building for the Snowsports Centre
  • A food court and function area
  • Shops
  • ‘Glamping' tourist accommodation
  • A hotel
  • Activity dome with high ropes and soft play
Zip lineImage of the planned zip line & alpine coaster




















Alpine coasterImage of the planned alpine coaster building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the proposals are subject to planning permission and other agreements and consents.

Councillors have agreed they will market and sell the site earmarked for a hotel.

Midlothian Council says Destination Hillend has the potential to create more than 30 new full-time equivalent jobs with the council and a further 50 permanent, third party jobs at the site.

It hopes its investment will generate income for the council to help offset continued restraints on public sector funding.

Food area Image of the planned new food court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's good news for the centre which was at risk of closure in 2010 after losing around half a million pounds a year.

A campaign supported by the Scottish Winter Olympic ski racers Alain Baxter and Finlay Mickel, both of whom used to ski there, succeeded in keeping it open.

Sport Scotland pumped in some money in and land nearby was sold off to developers to help fund the centre.

In 2012 work began on two new year-round ski slopes and a tubing slope:

For many years Hillend had the longest dry ski slope in Europe, though that record is now held by a new 800 metre long slope in Serbia.

Destination HillendDestination Hillend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL PHOTOS: Supplied by Midlothian Council

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