Highlands & Islands

Scots ski resorts hope for boost from half term break

Scotland's five mountain ski resorts are hoping for a boost at the weekend and into next week as schools break up for the half term.

Skiing and snowboarding generated more than £29m for the Scottish economy in the winter of 2012-13 - one of the best winters in years for snowsports in Scotland.

Steven McKenna, a snowboarder and photographer, has captured images of conditions earlier this month at Nevis Range near Fort William and Glencoe Mountain ski centre between Tyndrum and Ballachulish.

Image copyright Steven McKenna
Image copyright Steven McKenna

Heather Negus, of Ski-Scotland, said: "West of Scotland schools had their mid term last weekend, some central area schools have the whole week and the rest of Scotland and England will start their holidays at the end of this week.

"It looks as though we will have great sliding conditions with some good overhead weather, perhaps even some bluebird days."

Bluebird days is slang for skiing on a sunny day after an overnight snowfall.

Scotland's other mountain snowsports centres are CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore, Glenshee between Blairgowrie and Braemar and The Lecht between Strathdon and Tomintoul.

Image copyright Steven McKenna
Image copyright Steven McKenna

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