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April 1 2021

National Park officials to let domed ski slope slide

A planning application is to be submitted next month detailing plans to create a £10m indoor ski and snowboard centre at Loch Ard within Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

Discussions are already underway between Callander Ski and Snowboard Centre, with Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park to formalise an agreeable planning application to be prepared by architect Alan Dunlop.

Callander managing director Jim Duffy commented: "The intention is to create a carbon-neutral, polycarbonate covered centre which will fit discreetly into the hillside on the north edge of the loch."

"It will be the only naturally lit indoor snow slope in Scotland and as such unique; incorporating a 160m main slope as well as large indoor lesson slope. Both ski and snowboarding slopes will be over 30m wide and maintained with the perfect snow - for all your indoor skiing and snowboarding needs."

The year-round venue will permit recreational skiing and snowboarding no matter the weather with a consultation launching 1 April.

A cluster of polycarbonate domes are envisaged rising above the shoreline
A cluster of polycarbonate domes are envisaged rising above the shoreline
Skiers will not be beholden to the vagaries of climate
Skiers will not be beholden to the vagaries of climate

7 Comments

Tim-buck2
#1 Posted by Tim-buck2 on 1 Apr 2021 at 09:21 AM
Of course Alan Dunlop was happy to do a sketch for this.
Neil C
#2 Posted by Neil C on 1 Apr 2021 at 09:37 AM
WTF!!! How can this be carbon neutral. Once again Dunlop does not know what he is talking about.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#3 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 1 Apr 2021 at 09:53 AM
You are having a laugh with this -- aren't you ...?

They will never build that for £10mill.

You are lucky to get a 5 room primary school in the Port for that kind of money.

FHM
#4 Posted by FHM on 1 Apr 2021 at 09:55 AM
Great April Fool's! Brilliant UR.
Scottish architect, still furloughed.
#5 Posted by Scottish architect, still furloughed. on 1 Apr 2021 at 12:33 PM
Well played Urban Realm. What a drawing!
Colin Chapman
#6 Posted by Colin Chapman on 2 Apr 2021 at 10:36 AM
Wonderful stuff . #1#2 #3 guffaw.
Scottish architect, still furloughed.
#7 Posted by Scottish architect, still furloughed. on 2 Apr 2021 at 12:29 PM
#3 but think of all the potholes you could fill in the port for £10M, Ha Ha Ha

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