Snow far so good as ski­ing sea­son opens

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

THIS WEEK’S heavy snow­fall across the High­lands sig­nals the true start of the win­ter sports sea­son.

All five moun­tain snows­port ar­eas in the re­gion are now open.

Chair of Ski Scot­land Heather Ne­gus said: ‘The sea­son ac­tu­ally started re­ally early, back in Novem­ber but it has been rather stop-start since then.

‘Four of the five ski ar­eas have op­er­ated at var­i­ous times, but the snow has proved to be fickle through De­cem­ber and Jan­uary.

‘This most re­cent snow dump is fi­nally giv­ing us the chance to of­fer ski­ing and snow­board­ing for all abil­i­ties on a wide va­ri­ety of pistes – there are a to­tal of 143 runs across all five moun­tain ar­eas, served by 67 lifts.’

Skiers and snow­board­ers frus­trated by the weather so far are re­minded to check con­di­tions be­fore leav­ing and – when safe – while en route.

Ski Scot­land has up-to-date in­for­ma­tion from the ski cen­tres them­selves as well as we­b­cams to give an ac­cu­rate picture of con­di­tons on its web­site www.ski-scot­land.com/ con­di­tions.

Ms Ne­gus added: ‘We’re aim­ing to of­fer some great ski­ing and snow­board­ing into this week­end and be­yond.’

Pho­to­graph: Ste­vie MacKenna

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