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Scots ski resorts in bumper year

Skiing in Cairngorms
CairnGorm Mountain and the other resorts have seen heavy snowfalls

Scotland's five mountain ski areas have had their best season since 2001 with spending by winter sports enthusiasts generating £25m, Ski-Scotland has said.

Unprecedented falls of snow have been reported at CairnGorm, Glencoe, Glenshee, Nevis Range and the Lecht.

National body Ski-Scotland said more snow has been forecast meaning the season could last through to May.

It said local businesses, such as bed and breakfasts, have also benefitted from the numbers of people skiing.

Nevis Range managing director Marian Austin said the amount snow that has fallen has allowed it to extend its skiing area.

She said: "Unlike the ski areas in the east, we do not normally ski to our car park.

"But this amazing snow cover - even at low level - has allowed us to offer skiing from 1,190m (3,900ft) down to 100m (330ft), which is about 4.5km, or close to three miles."

Pieter du Pon, of the Lecht Ski Company, added: "The snow this year has been fantastic with constant cold and great skiing conditions.

"Snow has just piled up week after week since before Christmas, with another metre falling in 36 hours last week."

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