CairnGorm Mountain hopes to open ski runs at weekend

Snowboarder at Nevis Range Scotland's resorts, including Nevis Range, are thought to have raised £29m last year

One of Scotland's five ski centres is preparing to open some of its runs for snowsports on Saturday.

CairnGorm Mountain said skiing and snowboarding would be possible at the Ciste, providing there was not bad weather such as high winds.

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, when there were 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.

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