Highlands & Islands

Recent snowfall boost for Scottish snowsports festival

Snowsports at Glencoe Mountain earlier in March Image copyright Bruce Wilkinson/Ski-Scotland
Image caption Snowsports at Glencoe Mountain earlier this month

Scotland's annual snowsports festival is to be held on Saturday with enough snow in some places for skiing and snowboarding.

Glencoe Mountain, Nevis Range, CairnGorm Mountain and Glenshee are preparing to hold events for Ski-Scotland's Snow Fest.

Glenshee does not have enough snow for snowsports, but is taking part by holding a live music event.

Heather Negus, of Ski-Scotland, said the winter had been "challenging".

The chairwoman of the snowsports industry body said: "No one can deny that it's been a challenging winter for Scotland's snowsports areas.

"However, it's not really been a mild winter. We have had good snow and some brilliant overhead weather for t-shirt skiing, but the fluctuating temperatures have meant that it's been a bit of a stop-start season so far."

Image copyright Bruce Wilkinson/Ski-Scotland
Image caption The scene at Glencoe Mountain at the start of March

She added: "Remember that we usually expect to ski well into May and that in previous years which had this sort of weather pattern there have often been large dumps of snow well into the spring."

Over the last few days, Glencoe, CairnGorm and Nevis Range have benefited from fresh snowfalls.

The sites provide updates on skiing conditions on their websites.

Image copyright Bruce Wilkinson/Ski-Scotland
Image caption Glencoe Mountain along with CairnGorm Mountain and Nevis Range hope to offer snowsports on Saturday