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Today we ran one of our mightly portable tows on Lowther Hill.

We had a thaw today but we may still be able to run a tow this weekend. Ski Club members will receive an update by email on Saturday morning.

Fantastic weekend at the nursery area in Leadhills -and glorious weather on Sunday 18th- when for the first time this season we had to open a second ski tow.

It looks like we may have the snow and enough volunteers to open the nursery slope. Ski Club members will receive an update by email on Friday night.

A big thanks to everybody who turned up at our first day of skiing at the Leadhills nursery area.

Snow and strong winds forecast for the weekend. Still unclear whether we'll get enough snow to open the nursery slope on Sunday. Ski Club members will receive an update by email on Saturday night if we think we might be able to open on Sunday.

The hill has a dusting of snow but not enough to operate the tows.

We are planning to open the nursery slope this weekend if we get enough snow. Ski Club members will receive an update by email on Friday.

The snow fallen last week has thawed, therefore we won't open the nursery area this weekend. However, Lowther Hills Ski Club member Ross Dolder, with friends Jamie Johnston and Craig Cameron enjoyed the snow above Leadhills to practise some winter skills including transceiver searches for avalanche rescue, and snow-hole making for emergency shelters.

We decided not to open the nursery area yet as the core volunteers were still focused in the construction of the Lowther Hill tow as well as a number of operational matters. In the meantime, Ross Dolder, Pete Coulson, Craig Cameron and Jamie Adcock went for a 10 mile ski tour from Wanlockhead to Elvanfoot to give us a flavour of the Lowther Hills' backcountry.

"Hardy snow sports fans have enjoyed their first day of the ski season in the south of Scotland." (BBC)

The Ski Club facilities are now closed for the season. We leave you with a video of a day in February 2014 when we went up Lowther Hill to play about on the slope where we will sit the Club's new 600 metre-long ski tow.

We look forward to seeing you next Winter season 2014/15!