Midlothian Snowsports Centre

(Hillend Ski Centre)

Midlothian Ski Centre
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Midlothian Ski Centre

Situated in Midlothian close to its the boundary with the City of Edinburgh, at the northern extent of the Pentland Hills and 2 miles (3 km) west of Loanhead is the Midlothian Snowsports Centre. Previously known as Hillend Ski Centre, it incorporates Europe's longest artificial ski slope, on the northeast slope of Caerketton Hill. The centre comprises two main slopes and two nursery slopes, together with two ski-tows and one chair-lift, which together can carry some 2000 people per hour up the hill. Floodlighting ensures the centre is a notable landmark which can be picked out at night from a considerable distance.

The centre was a gift in the late 1960s to the people of Edinburgh from George Boyd Anderson, who had made his fortune as a rubber-planter in Malaysia.

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