Substantial progress has been made over the past months on the funding applications for the Lowther Hill clubhouse. We are pleased to announce that we have already been awarded £39,890, and a final decision on the remaining £49,066 is expected to reach us by the end of August. We cannot emphasise enough how much time and work has been invested over the past years on the design, planning, liaising with stakeholders, and the different strands of the funding process. We are really looking forward to a positive outcome and start focusing our energy on other existing and new projects.
The tender value is estimated at around £93,000 and it is expected that the building works would be primarily executed before the end of 2017. This is a great opportunity for a local builder, with appropriate expertise, to take on a project that will serve the community for many years to come.
We look forward to choosing the preferred contractor in due course. The tender period closes on Thursday 13th July 2017.
Funding applications were submitted to funders in October 2016. We hope 2017 will be the year when snowsports enthusiasts in the South of Scotland start enjoying the comfort of a ski lodge on Lowther Hill.
We strive to run the tows for our members at least 20 days between December-March, but this season our core group of volunteers is not regularly available. We are looking to employ a keen snowsports enthusiast who can make him/herself available at short notice to run a tow for our friendly membership.
It was only two years ago, in summer 2014, that Lowther Hills Ski Club started to build new facilities on Lowther Hill, on the same slope where the South of Scotland Ski Club and many other pioneers had previously skied since the 1950s.
Snowfencing is one of the most challenging projects we have been juggling with since we brought skiing back to Lowther Hill. The timber and working hours needed to snowfence the 1,600m of ski slopes at Lowther Hill would have normally been beyond the capacity of our volunteer-based club, particularly at this growth stage where there are many other projects that also require our attention. But thanks to some ingenuity and a great local support from our community we have managed to put ourselves ahead of schedule.
We are thrilled to report that our Alasdair Walker has recently been selected for the British Snowboard team, which can lead to selection for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He needs to raise £12,000 to go out abroad to train and compete against other top riders in Europe. Here's how we can all support him...
Webcam update - Have you noticed that our cameras have been down for a while? If you were wondering why, it’s because beginning late May, getting mobile data on the hill became all but impossible, and as you may know, these are the highest and remotest ‘off-the-grid’ webcams anywhere in the UK.