Highlands & Islands

CairnGorm Mountain's snowsports season finished

Skiers in Cairngorms
Image caption Skiers hit the slopes in T-shirts towards the end of the 2011-12 season

CairnGorm Mountain has formally brought to a close its latest snowsports season.

The centre's Colin Kirkwood said skiing and snowboarding in May was unusual, but not unheard of.

The 2011-12 season was ended a few days later than this latest season and saw skiers hitting the slopes in T-shirts.

In June 2010, more than 100 skiers took advantage of ski tows being open at CairnGorm Mountain for the first time in midsummer.

Last month, VisitScotland said snowsports had contributed almost £20.5m to the Scottish economy since the start of the latest season.

The tourism body said about £16.4m of that figure was money spent on accommodation, shops and fuel.

Ski centres at Glenshee, The Lecht, Cairngorms, Nevis Range, and Glencoe had benefited from long periods of wintry weather.

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