The largest dry ski slope in Europe reopened last fall after the addition of a 200 metre trail and range of improvements estimated to cost more than Â£600,000 ($ 1.1 Million USD).
The Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend was at saved from closing only two years ago after the Midlothian Council said it could no longer afford to run it but now has world class slopes and facilities.
To save the now world class facility from closing, Sportscotland, the national agency for sport, and the Scottish government stepped in with Â£1m ($1.8-million USD) of funding. The Snowsports Centre was also the focus of an online petition to save it from closing with around 27000 people signing up.
The large investment in the centre includes 200 metres of new ski slope, a longer nursery section and new lifts making it one of the best facilities in the UK.
The centre, first established in 1973 but recently brought under new ownership, is located on a 12 acre site. the outskirts of the city of Gloucester on the edge of Cotswolds.
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