Scottish ski season gets under way

Image caption, Skiers headed up the slopes only 145 days after the end of last season

Dozens of skiers and snowboarders have taken to the slopes in the Highlands as early snows signalled a start to the season.

CairnGorm Mountain, near Aviemore, said that more than 130 people had taken advantage of the snowfall only 145 days after the end of last season.

Spokeswoman Tania Alliod said light winds and reasonable visibility made it a great first day on the hill.

Runs will be open on Sunday, with conditions reviewed for Monday.

Mr Alliod said: "This has been a great start and we've received many appreciative messages of support for making the effort to open up this weekend.

"We hope the cold conditions continue and we can add to the great base that is building up.

"Conditions are still not suitable for beginners but there is plenty of terrain for intermediates and experts to find their snow legs."

Helen Rennie, from Inverness, has hiked up the Cairngorms for snow to ski on in every month of 2010 so far.

She said: "It's been great to get a lift up after walking up all summer.

"I've just skied down the Traverse. The Gun Barrel is the best bit because it's fresh snow."

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