Ground-break­ing deal for skiers

The Oban Times - - Districts -

SKIERS and snow­board­ers in Scot­land and Ice­land are to ben­e­fit from a ‘ground break­ing’ deal.

Del­e­gates from the North At­lantic Ski Ar­eas’ As­so­ci­a­tion (NASAA) have agreed sea­son ticket hold­ers in each coun­try will ben­e­fit from free ski­ing or snow­board­ing at the other coun­try’s re­sorts.

The ac­cord was de­ter­mined at the sixth bi­en­nial con­fer­ence, based at Glen­shee and The Lecht, by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the nine Ice­landic and five Scot­tish snows­ports ar­eas.

The re­sult is that any­one buy­ing a sea­son ticket from CairnGorm Moun­tain, Glen­coe Moun­tain, Glen­shee, Ne­vis Range or The Lecht, or who has pur­chased an all-area sea­son pass from Ski- Scot­land, can en­joy free up­lift at any Ice- landic ski area by show­ing their sea­son pass.

Heather Ne­gus, chair­woman of Ski- Scot­land, said: ‘ We be­lieve this is the first in­ter­na­tional agree­ment be­tween all snows­ports ar­eas in two coun­tries. While there is cross-bor­der co- op­er­a­tion be­tween in­di­vid­ual ski ar­eas else­where, what makes this unique is that it in­cludes ev­ery lift at ev­ery re­sort in Scot­land and Ice­land.’

The an­nounce­ment of the agree­ment came just days af­ter Scot­land’s First Min- is­ter signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing be­tween Scot­land and Ice­land for­mal­is­ing the work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween VisitS­cot­land and the Ice­landic Tourist Board in shar­ing in­for­ma­tion to their mu­tual ben­e­fit.

Mal­colm Roug­head, chief ex­ec­u­tive of VisitS­cot­land, added: ‘Both Scot­land and Ice­land are small coun­tries that punch well above their weight on the global tourism stage.

‘The agree­ment at the North At­lantic Ski Ar­eas’ As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence is an­other great ex­am­ple of in­no­va­tive part­ner­ship work be­tween the two na­tions and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing many Ice­landic snows­ports en­thu­si­asts to Scot­land’s stun­ning moun­tain re­sorts in the com­ing months and years.’

Pho­to­graph: SnowS­cot­land/Steve McKenna.

The in­cen­tive has been de­scribed as ‘fresh ter­rain’ for snow sport en­thu­si­asts from both Scot­land and Ice­land

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