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Scottish Skiing - 1980s Ski Magazine Articles (Proposals for the Future)

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Lockdown got so bad that nothing else for it but to start sorting the disgrace which is...the garage... Laughing

Amongst the bomb site of 30 years-worth of tents, bikes, skis, ski poles, bits of wood, broken power tools and general cr@p, I came across three 1980s ski mags (1986-1989).

Some interesting stuff - eg a company called Alpine Tours advertising summer skiing trips (May to October) to 'Austria's biggest year-round ski area - namely Stubai Glacier...How times change...

Anyway, found some particularly interesting stuff on Scottish skiing - will post the first of three articles shortly Very Happy - namely, plans to develop up to three new ski areas in the Highlands, as well as expand the terrain at Cairngorm.

If only eh?? rolling eyes


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Here we go - the first of the articles from the archives. From Ski UK ('Britain's Magazine for Serious Skiers') - Sept '86, cost £1.00.

Hopefully the pics. will be readable with a bit of zooming.

Well at least we ended up with Nevis Range....









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Great stuff mountainaddict!

I can't believe you've had the mags for over 30 years!

It's also hard to believe they haven't been made into mice nests by now... wink
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Loved this. Thanks for sharing!
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More to come Very Happy - will post another article tomorrow.

Does anybody know how the 80s proposals effectively came to nothing Puzzled Where did it all go wrong? rolling eyes

Drumochter would've been a good spot...
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Interesting reading, I remember many moons digging out the plans for Jeans Gully. Never looked at the Dalwhinnie one though, fascinating.
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Nevisport! Britonlifts!
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An article in the Scottish Field magazine from last year about celebrating 30 years at Nevis Range

https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/outdoors/celebrating-30-years-of-adventure-at-the-nevis-range/
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Thanks for that larry1950 - very interesting.

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Nevisport! Britonlifts!
Don't know about Britonlifts - but Nevisport are still open in Middlesbrough and Aviemore - Fort William too, I think...

So it's onward with my next 1980s ski Scotland snippet - and funny that you should mention Nevis Range Very Happy ! The following is from Ski Survey ('Magazine of the Ski Club of Great Britain') - Sept. 1989 (£1.50).

Can't remember anything at all about this one! Another Scottish ski plan that never happened...Or did it Puzzled Assuming that only Warrens would have the required gradient...but would that have been long enough? And where was the Glenshee speed track?

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And where was the Glenshee speed track?

I would think on Glas Maol, there isn't the runout from anywhere on the Cairnwell side.

There is a timing hut at Nevis Range, so that part of the plan went ahead.
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Yes, the Glenshee track was in Glas Maol.
I spent a lot of time at Glenshee in those days and remember the Salomon and Smirnoff sponsored speed events. I was a very youthfull spectator, I remember John Clark being the main man and also seeing his name in the mags at the time.

I'm pretty sure I bought and read all of those magazines cover to cover, please keep posting. Would also love to see some of the pictures from back in the day.

Thanks for posting.
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One recurring potential development not mentioned in these articles is Ben Wyvis which has been subject to several proposals over the decades and the general concept continues to be promoted from time to time by Jamie Stone the Lib Dem MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

From 1989: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/11892017.rival-groups-in-bitter-battle-to-create-ben-wyvis-ski-resort/
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Fascinating that haggishunter - haven't heard of that one...

Such a shame that none of the new ski areas worked out Sad.... and that one of the old ones (Cairngorm) has turned out to be such a lame duck... Confused
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Here's the latest instalment Very Happy (again from Ski UK - Sept '86)...Bit of a theme emerging here - another Scotland proposal that, as far as I know, didn't get off the ground....rolling eyes

I don't recall this one either - but do remember that Glencoe used to have a small ski (and maybe mountaineering?) museum in one of the buildings under the access chair....

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