|Typical ski photo?|
This ski area is so hot that it melts your skis. Water would help, and also make the skiing faster. But their sprinkler system is being replaced, and this also happens to be the only day on our vacation when it does not rain.
"Sir, do you have pants"?
Even if it is warm, they require you to use long pants, jackets, and gloves, as a fall on the plastic may easily hurt bare skin. So on my first attempt to enter the ski lift on my shorts was cut short by the liftie shouting that I can't go to the slope "without pants". Luckily had long pants with me, so after a small delay I was able to get to the slope.
|In a traditional British black cab, with skis (and shorts!)|
Well... apparently the after-ski is not that great. Cafe 360, the only food and drink source in the area closes one hour before the ski slope closes. By the time we had taken off our gear, the entire facility was empty, including all staff.
The slope resides 10 kilometers from the city center of Edinburgh, near Hillend. It is open every day from 9:30 to 19:00 (18:00 on Sundays). One hour lift ticket costs 12 £. The longest slope is 400 meters long.
We took a cab to the slope at the cost of 20 £. Make sure you have a phone number to call for a taxi if you plan on returning this way as well, and prepare for some waiting before the taxi arrives in a busy Edinburgh evening.
Use protective clothing all over your skin, and light gloves. I suspect that the hole-filled plastic may hurt you even if well clothed. Luckily we did not fall.
This was my first outdoors artificial ski slope experience. It was interesting, and different from all other ski experiences. There is a definite 1960's feeling to this base (and indeed the center was opened then).
I find it difficult to think of the place as something where I'd go to on a regular basis, however. Or maybe I would, if I lived in Edinburgh. In any case, the center is a friendly facility, and I always like the community ski hills. This is a must-visit place for Edinburgh tourists. Recommended!
|Ski lift ride|
Photo credits (c) 2012 by Jari Arkko, Janne Arkko, and Tarja Arkko