Ski centres make the most of the long winter

THE prolonged winter is providing a major boost for Scotland’s five mountain ski areas, which are all reporting ideal conditions.

The five centres - CairnGorm Mountain, Glencoe Mountain Resort, Glenshee, Nevis Range and The Lecht - are all currently open and have no plans to close in the immediate future.

Many resorts have been enjoying drifts of fresh, powdery snow and superb, alpine conditions. And with snowsports on offer for everyone - from beginner to expert - it is the perfect time to head for the hills.

This weekend Nevis Range will be organising the Summit Highlander terrain park freestyle competition and first-ever freeride competition in the back corries.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “With breathtaking scenery and great natural resources, Scotland is the perfect destination for global snowsports enthusiasts.

“Our ski centres are a huge draw to local people, as well as those from further afield, and with the recent blue sky days and excellent snow conditions - unprecedented for this time of year - the Easter holidays are a great opportunity to get out there and enjoy it.

“But it’s not just about the money spent on ski passes, people come for the snow but stay for the restaurants and accommodation, which all provides a boost to Scotland’s visitor economy.

Pisting teams have been busy at all the centres, to ensure they make the most of conditions, described by one centre as the best Easter snowsports for a decade.

Anyone requiring more information on snow, weather and road conditions, should visit the official website at www.ski-scotland.com where information is regularly updated by the snowsports areas.