Around September last year (2017), Glencoe Mountain resort started crowdfunding to raise money towards buying a TechnoAlpin SnowFactory. The unit can produce 100 cubic meters of snow a day in wet, mild and windy conditions – ideal for Scotland! The plan would be to turn the Snow Factory on in early November and build massive snow piles which would then be pushed out onto the new Coire Pollach ski run and sledging area. This means the resort could gaurantee opening day on the 1st Dec every year.
Since then, the SnowFactoy has been leased with an option to buy from TechnoAlpin and is set in place on the mountain side for its first winter. Connor Carey, Richie Mac and James McCluskey decided to drive up from Glasgow and check out opening day.
Glencoe Mountain resort is Scotland’s oldest ski area, established way back in 1956. less than a two hour drive from Glasgow, Glencoe feels like our “local” mountain. Its a rad, under rated spot to ride in Scotland. The Snow Factory had covered a decent area on the run and despite losing twelve days snow making in November due to technical issues, it had beat our expectations, covering a 200m run with plenty of space, and they even had a lift running. Ski School were happy for us to set up a mini park for the day and with a few other local diehards to shred with, it turned out to be a rad day.
When the season gets going, Glencoe has some world class off piste runs on offer. Despite being one of the smaller resorts in Scotland, the mountain is packed with fun terrain to ride. Though were still waiting on those days coming, we’re still stoked to be able to leave the city and go be in the mountains, and enjoy snowboarding with the homies
Words and edit by Connor Carey. Photos and additional filming by Robbie Paton at RobotLoveCreative