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Skiers revel in winter wonderland
Skiers have been enjoying prime conditions on Scottish slopes
Heavy snowfalls have given Scottish ski centres a boost.

Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders have been hitting the slopes at the Cairn Gorm, Glenshee, Lecht, Nevis and Glencoe ranges over the last few days.

More than 1200 winter sports enthusiasts have been enjoying prime ski-ing conditions on Cairn Gorm.

The mountain's ski centre spokeswoman, Fiona Milligan, said: "We have been very busy. Things are going very well so late in the season."

The prospects for the weekend are very good
Fiona Milligan

She added: "We have had quite a good turnout now the blizzards have stopped and the sun is shining.

"The prospects for the weekend are very good. The snowfall in the last couple of days has improved things massively.

"This is our best spell of the season since the beginning of December.

"The forecast is good for the next week or so, with temperatures remaining low but the weather staying clear and bright."

Glenshee Ski Centre
Glenshee is one of Scotland's ski centres boosted by heavy snow

At The Lecht, there were about 100 skiers but conditions have improved to such an extent that hundreds more are expected this weekend.

A spokeswoman said: "All our runs are now complete with the best cover of the season. If the wind drops we are looking forward to the weekend."

About 300 skiers and snowboarders have been enjoying deep snow at Glencoe Ski Centre.

Nevis Range has so far drawn a couple of hundred visitors, while more than 400 skiers and boarders have been reported at Glenshee.

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