Historic Glencoe ski videos that we converted into digital format - posted the highlights online for everyone to enjoy! The first clip may be one of the oldest films of people skiing in the UK ?
1939 - Sam Drysdale (Glencoe Ski Club / Lommond Mountaineering Club)
Original Lommond mountaineering club members skiing on Meall A Bhuiridh. Most of the video is on the wide flat area below the East Ridge, a popular location with the very first skiers. The skiers would have stayed at Ba Cottage, a now ruined bothy on the west highland way. Probably one of the earliest videos of skiing in Scotland (however according to SSC journals Meall A Bhuirdih was first skied as early as 1911!)
1957 - Charlie Bukelis / Dougie Hay (Glencoe Ski Club)
Scotland first permanent ski tow. Major Philip Rankins vision for a ski tow on Meall A Bhuiridh finally came true... Built and funded by the Scottish Ski Club, using volunteer work parties from the Creag Dhu and Lommond clubs. The original BRECO tow (Britsh Ropeways Engineering Co-orperation) revolutionised Scottish skiing. Glaswegian Frith Finlayson (BASI member number 1) formed the UKs first ski school based at Glencoe - before later moving to the Aviemore, along with Bob Clyde to help establish the Cairngorm Chairlift Company in the 1960s.
1961 - Britishpathe.com
The original single man 'Jimmy Hamilton' access chair. Built on the front side of the mountain just after the formation of White Corries ltd (Scotlands first commercial ski centre). The same design was used for the Cliffhanger and also the Tiger at Glenshee, both of which are still running today. Skiers still had to walk across the plateau... But the steep first section was now accessed by a modern chairlift.
1979 - Pat Smith (Scottish Ski Club)
An SSC slalom race on Meall A Bhuridh. Unlike early races this one didnt pass through the haggis trap!
1989 - Ros McLennan (Glencoe Ski Club)
Danny Maddox rocking a classy nevica fluorescent ski suit... Sorry Danny!
1994 - George Paton
Too much snow! 1994 was the winter where the top tows at Glencoe were infamously buried for over 2 months. Proof that you can have too much snow, even in Scotland! Hill manager Peter Weir tried to dig out a channel using a JCB - but drifting snow and high winds kept filling it back in. This clip was taken on 22nd May 1994 after the tows has finally been dug out