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Glencoe ski site in community status bid

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New mountain bike trails are planned for the ski resort

The owners of the Glencoe ski resort have hopes of securing community interest company status.

If successful, it would give them access to European Commission grants and Lottery funding.

Spokesman Andy Meldrum said the centre has to diversify to survive and could not rely solely on income generated from skiing.

Mr Meldrum and a consortium of winter sports enthusiasts took over the resort last year.

Buildings on the site, including one used for hiring out skis, will be replaced under plans by the new owners.

Mr Meldrum said: "We are looking to develop more mountain bike trails up there and an adventure play park.

"We need to do everything we can to turn it into an all year round resort because we are too vulnerable just as a ski centre. If we get no snow for a season we are literarily out of business."

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