It was only a few years ago that the prophets of doom were predicting the end for the Scottish ski industry, amid financial chaos and talk of global warming.
But hard on the heels of an exceptional season for the Glenshee Ski Centre north of Blairgowrie, the runs are in superb condition and set to lure skiers for months to come.
The initiative coaches a new generation of skiers in all aspects of mountain skiing, which can pave the way towards race training or instructing.
It is organised by Blairgowrie, Aberdeen, Braemar and Dundee Ski Clubs in association with the Glenshee Ski Centre.
A spokesman said: “The training is envisaged as a ‘back to basics’ programme and it is open to members of any ski club affiliated to Snowsport Scotland.
- Applicants should be able to use the lifts, and have a desire to ski fast while under control.
- The principle aim of the programme is to take young skiers to a level past Ski School.
- For first season applicants it is seen as a stepping stone towards competitive ski racing or freestyle skiing.
- Alternatively it could provide a youngster with an early route towards becoming a ski instructor.
- At the same time, trainees will enjoy the benefits of participating in outdoor physical exercise and have great fun in the mountains.
- For more experienced skiers, the masters (aged 30-plus) training set-up offers skiers instruction aimed at enhancing performance, race training and touring.”
Over the summer, members of the four clubs accessing the Glenshee slopes were involved in the renovation and refurbishment of ‘The Club Hut’ adjacent to the Sunnyside chairlift.
More than 1000 volunteer hours were devoted to the project, which now provides an excellent facility and base for members.
For more information on Blairgowrie Ski Club and The Glenshee Performance Squad contact us using this website or come and see us in the ski hut on Saturday's or Sunday's during the GPS season.