Ski resorts plough £21m into Scottish economy

Scotland's five ski resorts generated a £21 million economic boost in the latest season, according to new figures.

More people took to the slopes during the shorter season. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Industry body Ski Scotland said the late start to the season had a “significant impact” but on average there were more skiers per day than the previous season.

The five resorts – CairnGorm Mountain, Glencoe Mountain Resort, Glenshee Ski Centre, Lecht Ski Centre and Nevis Range – attracted a total of 207,770 skiers and snowboarders in the 404 days of the 2016 season. Return visitors are counted again on each visit.

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A Ski Scotland report said this brought in £16.8m for local businesses and £4.1m for the resorts.

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Lack of snow cover delayed the start to the season, making it shorter than the 463 days of 2014-15 season, which generated £23.2m.

Ski Scotland chairwoman Heather Negus said she was “delighted” with the latest figures.

She said: “Although they are lower than last season, they are much better than anticipated, given the late start to the season.

“This year, the season did not start until mid-January, as opposed to last winter, when our first ski areas were open by mid-December.

“Although this season was short, we found that on average across the resorts there were more skiers each day – 514 per day in 2016 compared to only 497 for season 2014-15.”