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Storms bring more snow to Scotland's ski resorts

Snowboarder at Nevis Range Image copyright Steven McKenna
Image caption Nevis Range is one of Scotland's five mountain snowsports centres

Storms have brought more snow to all of Scotland's mountain snowsports resorts, Ski-Scotland has said.

However, the high winds and blizzards have also prevented some from opening every day to the public.

Ski-Scotland, which promotes skiing and snowboarding, said snowsports have already generated £14m for the economy.

Skiing and snowboarding put more than £29m into the Scottish economy in the winter of 2012-13 - one of the best seasons in years.

Heather Negus, of Ski-Scotland, said: "In spite of closures due to storm conditions last week, the figures from the five mountain ski areas up until 22 February are still well ahead of the same point last year.

"Not only are we showing a 12% increase on last year, we're currently also half a percent ahead of 2012-13 which was one of the best seasons in recent years.

"That may not sound a lot, but that season brought us a lot of calm weather as well as good snow, with relatively few days lost to storm conditions."

The mountain resorts are Nevis Range near Fort William; Glencoe Mountain ski centre between Tyndrum and Ballachulish; CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore; Glenshee between Blairgowrie and Braemar, and The Lecht between Strathdon and Tomintoul.

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