Employees at Glenshee and Glencoe ski resorts in Scotland were today informed that the owners that the Glenshee Chairflift Company are looking for new operators.

They have said they are going to continue operations, dependent on weather conditions, until the end of this skiing season but are actively seeking other parties to take over both resorts.

A statement said their decision has been prompted partly by a lack of snow in recent years and the particularly mild winter this year coupled with large overheads.

Glencoe was Scotland’s first commercial ski centre, opening in 1956, and Glenshee currently has the UK’s largest lift system, serviced by 23 lifts.

In November last year it was decided that Glencoe would not open this year, but public pressure led to it opening at weekends, staffed by volunteers if there was snow.

A spokesman for the company said: ‘We have reluctantly come to this conclusion but believe skiing can continue at both Glencoe and Glenshee under different owners.

‘It is hoped new operators will come forward for either or both resorts and we will do all we can to assist a successful takeover.’