Highlands & Islands

Late start affected Scottish ski season

Nevis Range Image copyright Steven McKenna
Image caption A snowboarder at Nevis Range, one of Scotland's five outdoor snowsports resorts

The late start to Scotland's latest snowsports season had a "significant impact" and reduced the number of days available for skiing and snowboarding.

Ski-Scotland, the organisation that promotes Scottish snowsports, said it had involved 207,770 skier days.

It also estimated that the industry generated almost £21m for the economy during the season.

Previous seasons have involved bigger numbers - 2012-13 had 290,996 skier days and raised more than £29m.

The more recent 2014-15 season involved 230,634 skier days, raising £23.2m.

It was also the first in years that all five of Scotland's outdoor ski centres - Nevis Range, Lecht, CairnGorm Mountain, Glencoe Mountain and Glenshee - opened for snowsports before Christmas.

For the latest season, the sites had to wait until January for sufficient snow cover, though Nevis Range near Fort William and the Lecht in Aberdeenshire were able to open for a short time at the end of December.

'Much better'

Ski-Scotland said the late start had a "significant impact", but added that it was still pleased with the contribution the industry made to the economy.

Chairwoman Heather Negus said of the figures: "Although they are lower than last season, they are much better than anticipated, given the late start to the season.

"This year, the season did not start until mid-January, as opposed to last winter, when our first ski areas were open by mid-December."

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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