Scotland's mountain ski areas are on track for another good snowsports season, with latest figures showing a 3% increase on last year, which itself was an outstanding season.
"We are absolutely delighted to be slightly ahead of last year", said Chair of ski-scotland Heather Negus.
Since opening in November/December, CairnGorm, Glenshee, Nevis Range and The Lecht have welcomed 110,284 skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the healthy, fun snowsports in the clean fresh air of the Highlands. This is approx 3% more than at 27th January 2010.
"What we often find is that our numbers drop off when the snow thaws at lower levels and farther south. This year it seems that skiers are much more aware that when it rains at low level, it's snowing in the mountains and the ski areas are getting a nice top up of white stuff, and so they have continued to come, boosting our figures as a result." continued Heather.
Most of the mountain ski areas have had new snow over the last couple of days, and today, Thursday 27 January, are reporting glorious weather in places, with fresh snow improving runs. Top quality grooming machines and skilful groomer drivers have been working hard to make the most of the fresh snow everywhere. In the eastern Highlands, new snow at the Lecht has provided excellent cover on the Kestrel and Robin nursery runs and good intermediate runs - the Eagle, Grouse and Chairlift being the best.
Glenshee has also benefited from new snow and last Saturday opened its new rail park, featuring an awesome 21m long "monster", C curve and kickers. CairnGorm also reports 10 cm of new snow, giving superb snowsports from mid mountain upwards and especially on the White Lady, M2 and in the top bowls where they have areas for beginners as well as advanced skiers. Meantime, in the west, the groomers are even running a "groomer taxi" to access the Summit runs and terrain park at Nevis Range, where the Goose and Warrens runs are also good and at Glencoe, the Main Basin and Happy Valley have a good cover of hard-packed snow.