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Ski slope proposed for town centre

By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Ski slope proposed for town centre

'APRES-SKI' could become a common expression in Dumfries — as a proposal is pitched to create an outdoor dry slope in the town

Steep banking at the Deer Park at Mill Green, next to the Robert Burns Centre is the site being eyed by keen snowboarder Jamie Court.

Jamie said: “It was just an idea, but it seems to have grown legs.”

The 28-year-old says he had been considering ways to improve Dumfries for people living in the town, and to bring in more tourism.

Having lived in the Japanese Alps for two ski seasons, the Australian Snowy Mountains and New Zealand, Jamie said: “Snow sports are booming right now, with snow holidays to Europe being the ‘in thing’, and I think Dumfries can capture this market by introducing a dry slope.”

Jamie says the technology for dry slopes has improved in recent years, and believes ‘Perma-Snow’ offers the best option.

He describes it as ‘smoother and safer’ than historic dry slopes, says it can be pinned straight on top of the ground, has its own drainage and can be used year-round without too much maintenance.

Jamie says beginner to intermediate slopes could be created, including jumps and rails, and perhaps a small shop renting equipment.

Explaining that the former deer park location came to mind because of access to parking and buses on Whitesands, Jamie said: “That hill is unused — it doesn’t get touched.”

Jamie’s idea has been welcomed by Loreburn Community Council member Niall Cowan, raising it with Dumfries and Galloway Council who are now examining the suggestion.

Suggesting schools could use the slope, Mr Cowan said: “I think it would also tie in very well with the slope at Wanlockhead.”


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