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The Midlothian artificial ski slope at Hillend above Edinburgh in Scotland is to remain open for the time being despite currently making annual losses of £500,000.

A new report to the local council, that runs the centre, has suggested Midlothian Ski Centre operates until August 2010.

It says cuts in spending and increased fees should reduces losses, and at the end of that the centre is sold or leased to a private operator.

Tens of thousands of people have joined a Facebook campaign aiming to save the slope and local MSPs have sought assistance from the Scottish government.

We have already reported on the problems it faces.

Local councillors say they want to keep the facility open but that they are facing huge general spending cuts because of the current economic climate and cannot therefore fund loss making facilities. 

The council has spent over £5 subsidising the facility for the past 14 years, but only 20% of users originate from the council's area.

The rotating ski deck company SnowVolution, that is based in Edinburgh, is currently planning to build a commercially viable outdoor demonstrator machine at Hillend at an estimated cost of £7.5m.

The Report estimated closing Midlothian altogether would cost £1.2m in redundancy and dismantling costs.

Reporting by Snow 24.

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