Midlothian Snowsports centre closes - because of snowy weather

Too much snow closed the Ski centre....
Too much snow closed the Ski centre....
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MIDLOTHIAN Snowsports Centre was forced to close for the third day running yesterday - due to snow.

In an ironic twist of fate, the ski and snowboard facility announced on its Facebook page it was shutting along with every other leisure centre in the county because of the weather warnings.

Mark James Elliott commented on the Facebook page: “I was due to be working today. The issue is getting staff to the centre.”

The sports facility at Hillend contains the longest dry ski slope in Europe, with smaller slopes allowing visitors of all ages to ski or snowboard all year round.

Other winter sports facilities were affected – Murrayfield Ice Rink was also forced to close on Thursday and Friday due to “lack of access via the car park”.

Billy Dunbar, a manager at the Ice Rink, said: “We hope to be open again as soon as possible, but we’re waiting on a plough.

“I got stuck in my van so had to dig myself out. Obviously, the snow doesn’t affect us at all inside – we’re freezing all year round!”

Wayfarers looking to pick up some warm clothing were also out of luck as leading outdoor clothing store Tiso closed their branch on Rose Street yesterday.

A Tiso employee said: “We had to close on Rose Street due to a leak in the toilets – the pipes just aren’t used to this type of weather. But our Leith branch is open, so people have still come for their sledges and yaktraks and all that kind of nonsense.”

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