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19 November 2012 09:22
As Midlothian Snowsports Centre reveals its new facilities, a survey has found that better skiers are more likely to have sports travel insurance than beginners
Europe's biggest dry ski slope has undergone a major refurbishment at a cost of over half a million pounds only two years after it was threatened with closure. The Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend in Edinburgh, which is also known as Hillend Ski Slope, has been the subject of a £600,000 upgrade and now has a new 210-metre slope and 60 metres of new nursery slope with safer ski matting.
The existing nursery slopes have also been renovated and new travellator uplift systems have been put in. The new facilities will now have limited opening hours for the coming two weeks so that they can be tested properly.
The centre was close to closing back in 2010 after the council revealed that it could no longer afford to fund it indefinitely but sportscotland and the Scottish Government said in February 2011 that it would inject some much-needed funds. The ski slope, where the peak visitor times are between November and March, is used by both complete beginners and advanced skiers, who recent ICM research revealed are actually more likely to have
sports travel insurance than those just starting out.
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