Nevis Range is temporarily shut after resort loses £1m to lockdown

Snowboarder Chris Hawkes from Inverness, hunting for fresh snow heading towards the top gondola station at Nevis Range, Fort William. Photograph: Steve McKenna. NO F06 Nevis Range Feb 19
Nevis Range hopes to still be able to salvage the new season at some point.NO F06 Nevis Range Feb 19

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Nevis Range is temporarily closed due to uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and will open when snow conditions and travel restrictions allow.

A spokesperson for Nevis Range told the Lochaber Times this week that, like many other local businesses, the resort on the outskirts of Fort William had been reflecting on the current Covid-19 situation.

‘Unfortunately we have reached the very difficult conclusion to suspend the sale of season tickets for snowsports and temporarily close the business,’ added the spokesperson.

‘With all of the travel restrictions and uncertainty surrounding winter operations, we are not 100 per cent confident we can deliver a full season for you. Anyone who has bought a season ticket can have a full refund and we will carry over loyalty discounts for all season ticket holders to the 21/22 season.

‘If we are able to fully open with a significant part of the season left, we will put season tickets on sale and offer reduced day pass tickets for anyone who held a season ticket for the 19/20 season.

‘We can’t wait to be back open and as soon as we have great conditions and less travel restrictions, we will be back out on the hill with you all.’

Because of the unprecedented challenges Nevis Range has faced this year – its trading loss due to Covid-19 is £1m – it says it is concerned that while there are restrictions in place, the resort would not be able to trade in December and January without losing significant amounts of money, which would put jobs at risk.

However, the spokesperson continued: ‘It’s not all doom and gloom. Over the last few years, the season has been starting in earnest towards the end of January and we look forward to having an amazing season as soon as conditions allow.

‘The addition of our snow-making plant will make a huge difference to the new beginners area and we can’t wait to welcome you back to a snowy Nevis Range.

‘In early summer we hope to have our new Blue Bike Track open, from the Top Station, which promises to be one of the most exciting additions to Nevis Range in recent times.

‘Thank you for all of your support during this really challenging year and we’ll see you on the hill soon.’

 

CAPTION Nevis Range hopes to salvage the new season. NO F06 Nevis Range Feb 19