Lowther Hills Ski Club

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The Lowther Hills Ski Club www.skiclub.lowtherhills.com/ is a community interest company building and managing snow sport facilities in and above the Southern Uplands villages of Wanlockhead and Leadhills in the south of Scotland. We are all volunteers, and volunteers from far and wide are the lifeblood of the ski club, making the most of the freely given materials and generous donations that have brought us so far already. I've taken lots of photos of our work and some of the people doing it over the last 2 and a bit years so as to document our progress and I'll be adding more as we go along.

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Winter 2014/2015 - a mile long drift on Lowther Hill

In certain wind directions, our terrain lends itself to creating lengthy drifts which can be easily turned to skiable runs. With snow fencing, we expect to be able to make the runs bigger, deeper, and in resisting thaws, with the assistance of the snow groomer which we are currently raising funds towards, to offer well groomed and highly reliable ski pistes.

Avalanche search and rescue exercises

There's always snow close to Scotland's highest villages in winter time - here we're doing transceiver search practice within sight of Leadhills.

Dismantling Harwood's ski tows

This old machinery is enjoying a new lease of life on Lowther Hill. The Harwood Ski area in the English Pennines ran ski tows from the mid-1960's but eventually closed due to lack of volunteer support.

At Harwood summit

August 2014 - salvaging equipment from the hill at Harwood in the English Pennines.

October 2016 snow fencing

The generosity and freely given time of our members is what makes the ski club thrive. Here, thanks to a member who's a fencer, we're building a new snow fence from scratch on Lowther Hill.