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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Weekend work party camp

Sometimes work parties last all weekend. When Alan Mackay of winterhighland came down from Inverness in August 2016 to install additional webcam components and solar panels, we all camped on the hill to save on time and costs.

All smiles

Ross of Moffat, Anjo of Wanlockhead and Des and Cath of Edinburgh pose against our latest handiwork, a safety barrier to ensure users cannot approach the moving parts of the rope tow machinery without triggering a switch which will stop the engine.

Engine shed groundworks

Work party group playing on the hill before we'd brought up the engine, or built the shed around it.

Work party playtime

Volunteer and snowboarder, Tim Mullens, enjoying fresh snow.

Skiing down to Wanlockhead from Lowther Hill

At sunset, after a day's play up near the summit.

Late November 2014 - lunch stop

The slopes of the gully provided adequate shelter from the wind for sandwiches and hot coffee.

Backbreaking work

Although we worked in cold and often muddy conditions, the physical effort kept us warm and cheerful.

Back in Scotland

On Lowther Hill, digging in towers - the work parties in October and November 2014 were well supported and most of the ex-Harwood pylons were dug in over the course of just a few weekends.

Loading up

At Harwood, we load the pylons onto a trailer belonging to one of our volunteers, Donald Chalmers of Dumfries who carries it up to Scotland.