Nevis Range to Turn Back the Clock to 1989 to Celebrate 30 years of Adventure

On Saturday 21 December 2019, hundreds of locals and visitors are expected to flock to The Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William, to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of Scotland’s leading snowsports, mountain biking and outdoor activities destinations.


During the day, all visitors can ski or snowboard, or take a gondola, for the same price as it was back in 1989!


Construction work at Nevis in 1989.

A Gondola Day Ticket will be just £3.50 and a Full Day Snowsports Ticket only £12.50 [tickets must be purchased by 12:00 on Friday 20 December 2019].


The fun-packed celebrations will continue from 17:00 until 00:00 with an action-filled programme of free entertainment in a heated marquee next to the Gondola Base Station. The celebrations will include Celtic fire dancers, PyroCeltica, inspirational and informative talks from Nevis Range legends, a ceilidh with A’hooligan and The Gary Innes Band, local food and drink and loads of fantastic prizes and unique Nevis Range giveaways.


Running all day and night there will be a competition for the best dressed person wearing ski kit and / or apres ski kit from 1989, with an incredible prize of a ten-year snowsports season pass for Nevis Range!


Chris O’Brien, CEO of Nevis Range, said: “I’m immensely proud to be chief executive of this ever changing and ever progressing business! To be celebrating 30 years of the Nevis Range Mountain Experience is an incredible feeling, especially considering that this anniversary comes at such an exciting time.


“On the night. Ian ‘Spike’ Sykes and Ian ‘Suds’ Sutherland will be telling us all about the early days and history of Nevis Range, while Mike Jardine and Lesley Beck will give us the fascinating story of the UCI MTB World Cup. They’ll be plenty more guests, surprises and give-aways on the night as well as bands and even the fire dancers from PyroCeltica.


“I hope we’ll see a huge turnout to join us all in a 30th birthday to remember!”


Nevis Range will be laying on a free shuttle bus service from Fort William and Corpach to transport party goers to and from the venue where celebrations will resume from 17.00 to 00.00.


The first 50 people to get to Nevis Range for the evening’s party will receive a special Nevis Range giveaway.


The hugely popular PyroCeltica, who pioneer their own brand of ‘Celtic fire theatre’, will be getting the evening off to a jaw-dropping start, pushing the boundaries of performance and delivering high-energy and smoking hot showstoppers with a fusion of circus, music, dance and theatre melded together in flames.


Nevis Range founders, Ian Sykes (Spike) and Ian Sutherland (Suds), who were key in driving the original Nevis Range concept forward, will regale tales of how a group of close friends in a small, remote community with a ‘never give up’ attitude, rallied local businesses into action to raise a million pounds in less than a month in order to make their dream of a snowsports centre on Aonoch Mor in the 1980’s a reality.


They will also comment on the incredibly hard work and positive innovation that has gone in to securing the venue’s future as a renowned outdoor activities centre.


Mike Jardine and Lesley Beck from Rare Management, organisers of the annual UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, hosted at Nevis Range since 2002, will give a talk about the early days of mountain biking at Nevis Range and the development of the venue’s now legendary downhill track.


They will also focus on the multi-award winning success of the British round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in 2007; whilst giving a sneak preview of plans for the forthcoming Mountain Bike World Championships in 2023.


This will be followed by a fun-fuelled ceilidh, with local bands, A’hooligan and The Gary Innes Band, both guaranteed to get everyone up on their feet until home time at midnight!


‘Mad-trad’ group, A’hooligan, have been a favourite at Nevis Range ceilidhs for years; yet it will be particularly special night for award-winning accordionist and founding member of ‘super-group’, Mànran, Gary Innes, who was born and raised in Spean Bridge and was a Nevis Range ‘lifty’ [lift operator] in his teenage years.


Locally-brewed beers and lagers, some of the Nevis Range staff’s favourite, will be on sale from The Glen Spean Brewery Co pop-up bar all evening.



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