Scotland for the Winter Olympics?

by Julian Westaby.

We’ve been watching the Winter Olympics on the telly and although it’s not had the same amount of hype we feel as past Winter Olympics, it’s still rivetting. However, it’s a bit ironic that places like Vancouver and Whistler and the likes who are normally seen as default ski paradises are suffering from lack of snow!

You’ll probably have noticed, it’s been quite snowy in Scotland! Our Director, Julian Westaby has just returned from The Cairngorms and his pictures show that it’s absolutely incredible up there, at the moment. It’s too soon to tell but it’s looking like this season will be the best skiing season in Scotland-ever. Records are getting broken all the time and it’s even had a knock-on for those urban skiers, near Paisley! The Snozone indoor ski centre at Braehead Shopping Centre has had record visitor numbers, from those who have seen the images of Amazing Aviemore and quite fancy getting a bit of boarding done, a bit closer to home. Julian’s photo above was taken from a tripod set-up on a frozen Loch Morlich and it shows a resort scene more like Le Trois Vallees than Cairn Gorm. Acres of ultra-deep snow, covering all the bracken, fences, burns and boulders, giving the confident skier practically limitless options and the ability to ski right down to the Coire na Ciste carpark (that’s quite far down the mountain, for the uninitiated). There’s so much snow, they had to dig out the T-bars and the funicular railway. Britain’s highest restaurant, The Ptarmigan, at the Top of Cairngorm looks like something out of Ice Station Zebra.

The latest update is there’s MORE snow and it’ll be snowing right into this weekend. In a nutshell, there’s MASSES of snow and they’ll be skiing well into early Summer. Fantastic news for Scottish Tourism and surely time for Eccie Salmond to launch the Scottish bid for the Winter Olympics! The Olympic Village could centre around the cafe at Loch Morlich campsite and they could get Eddie the Eagle to do ski-jumping lessons, in Kingussie High Street.

Okay, we’re not jumping-on the conspiracy theorist’s bandwagon suggesting that Global Warming is a load of old scare-mongering hokum, but it is interesting to note that as the world warms, Scotland enjoys bumper skiing conditions. We wish we were up there, right now. Don’t you just LOVE Scotland!