Skiing fun of yesteryear in the Lothians

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IT was enough to make most people wince as they reached for their cosy blankets and slippers.

Former George Watson’s pupil Jamie Stevenson, 28, from Liberton, revealed this week that he will attempt to set a Guinness world record by taking to the top ski runs of 20 countries in fewer than 31 days – all by himself.

Five female skiers train for a trip to Norway in 1953. Picture: TSPL

Five female skiers train for a trip to Norway in 1953. Picture: TSPL

It is no mean feat and one that will see him travel 6500 miles from the lofty heights of Scotland’s finest mountains, through to Serbia, Slovakia and Estonia. The temperatures will be sub-zero and he will be travelling alone in his Volkswagen Golf to each 
location.

It is in stark contrast to our pictures here of laid-back skiing fun throughout the years across the Lothians.

Back in January 1966, these pupils from St Anthony’s secondary school were spotted having a great laugh at Hillend, making the most of the chilly conditions but certainly not taking themselves too seriously.

The month before, in December 1965, skiers celebrated the opening of the artificial ski slope at Hillend, an attraction which has remained increasingly popular with experts and novices alike from across the country and beyond.

A youngster enjoys some impromptu skiing at a snow-covered Lothianburn Golf Course in 1963. Picture: TSPL

A youngster enjoys some impromptu skiing at a snow-covered Lothianburn Golf Course in 1963. Picture: TSPL

Temperatures were so low in January 1963 that Lothianburn Golf Course was transformed into a snow-covered skiing haven for young and old.

Things were slightly more serious in February 1953, however. Our picture here shows five female skiers preparing for a trip to Norway to tackle some of the country’s finest slopes.

They are shown here in dry training on a course run for the Central Council of Physical Recreation by the instructors of the Ski Club of Great Britain at the Pleasance Trusts Boys Club.