It seems that the current financial uncertainty has led to many skiers and snowboarders planning a winter sports break in Scotland. Current exchange rates mean that Scotland offers best value, and is also so easy to reach, with travel options including trains, buses and, of course, just getting in the car and driving.
To make sure that everyone gets the most from their Scottish winter sports, ski-scotland is offering the following advice for skiers and snowboarders:
Firstly, cash is fastest! Credit card machines rely on phone connections; ski areas are remote from telephone exchanges, so the connection can be very slow, especially in mountain restaurants. Some areas have dedicated cash-only ticket desks.
Secondly most areas advise hiring equipment before arrival and some have information about hire alternatives on their websites. The Lecht, however, offers online equipment booking, which allows those who pre-book equipment to get sliding faster.
Thirdly wherever you hire your equipment from, make sure you know your (and your kids') height, weight and shoe size - you'll get the gear quicker, and not hold up other people
Fourthly aim to arrive as early as possible to ensure you can get parked, and car-share if possible. There are also public bus services from Aviemore to CairnGorm Mountain and Fort William to Nevis Range
Fifthly all the snowsports areas report phones "ringing off the hook" at the moment, yet many callers ask for information which is easily found on the websites - use www.ski-scotland.com which gives up-to-date snow and road reports and webcam photos, and also links to the snowsports areas' own websites
Finally to avoid café and restaurant queues, consider eating early or after the main rush is over.
"It's also worthwhile remembering," continues Marian, "that all five snowports areas have had a really good dump of snow on an excellent base. That means we should still be able to offer great skiing and snowboarding for weeks to come - this snow should long outlast the mid term break, so consider coming -or coming back - at a quieter time in March or April."
The five snowsports areas are: CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore; Glenshee, on the A93 between Blairgowrie and Braemar; Glen Coe near the A82 north of Tyndrum; The Lecht, on the A939 between Corgarff and Tomintoul, and Nevis Range near Fort William.
Accommodation options close to the snowsports areas include camping, bunkhouses, B&Bs, Guest Houses, and self catering and hotels to suit all tastes and budgets, from simple to luxury.
Scotland's snowsports areas provide a major boost to the local economy, bringing important jobs in both summer tourist towns and fragile rural areas where they help retain the population and attract young people looking for work.