Mark Craig from Highbury, London was presented with a bottle of the mountain's own 16-year-old Ptarmigan malt whisky by CML's Chief Executive Ian Whitaker to mark the occasion -a whisky which was laid down in 1995, coincidentally the last year when there were this number of skiers at CairnGorm.

"I last skied here before the funicular was built and I have been boarding abroad for the last few years but thought with the amount of snow you have had here this would be a good time to get back into skiing. I am here for a week and have been cross-country skiing as well as downhill here at CairnGorm." Said Mark.

With cold weather set to continue for the foreseeable future CairnGorm Mountain is expecting good skiing conditions to last for the Easter holiday break which begins at the end of March and runs through until the 19th April. It is hoped that many holidaymakers will take advantage of the better weather with longer daylight hours and head for the Scottish slopes over Easter.

Weather and conditions permitting, CairnGorm will continue to offer skiing through until the end of the Bank Holiday weekend on Monday 3rd May, a review will take place at the end of April with regard to skiing beyond the 3rd May.