Scotland's latest ski season one of the busiest

Snowboarder at Nevis Range Skiing and snowboarding at Scotland's resorts is thought to have raised about £29m

Scotland's most recent ski season was one of the busiest in years, according to the sport's national body.

Ski-Scotland said there were 290,996 skier days between November last year and May 2013.

Skiing and snowboarding at CairnGorm, Glencoe, Glenshee, Nevis Range and The Lecht was also estimated to have raised more than £29m for the economy.

The season was the best since 2009-10's when there was a record 374,789 skier days.

A skier day means one person who skis or snowboards on one day. Many of the same people return to the slopes several times during the season.

'Tremendous boost'

Ski-Scotland chairwoman Heather Negus said the organisation was delighted by the latest figures.

She said: "Only the amazing winter of 2009-10 was better than 2012-13.

"We were aware during the winter that we were creeping close to the figure achieved in 2010-11, but it was not until the end of the season, when season ticket calculations were added, that we realised we'd beaten even that winter by just over 1,000."

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said: "The success of this year's ski season is very encouraging and a tremendous boost to the industry and the tourist economy in Scotland."

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