Scottish skiing begins

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No, not CairnGorm - pictures awaited!

At the weekend, skiers and snow boarders headed to the opening of the season at Scotland’s CairnGorn mountain.

It opened at 10am on Saturday and those adventurous to travel on this very early opening of the ski season were rewarded with light winds, sufficient snow and clear skies. Given I was in the south under leaden skies filled with rain I was rather envious.

Coming on the back of last season where Scotland enjoyed a bumper one with nearly 291,000 skier days between November 2012 and May 2013. Skiing and snowboarding at CairnGorm, Glencoe, Glenshee, Nevis Range and The Lecht last season was also estimated to have raised more than £29m for the economy and was the best since 2009/10

Could there really be two good seasons in a row? Even as I write this on Monday morning they have tweeted that it is forecast to go colder again with heavy snow and high winds throughout the coming week which will add to the confidence of the resorts in the Highlands. Even if it doesn’t snow, the resort has five cannon which can be brought in to manufacture more snow. The acquisition of a “Pipe Magician” from Corvatsch in Switzerland will enable the resort’s pisting team to cut quarter and half pipes and shape other features in the terrain park.

As yet CairnGorm Mountain is only open on weekends this month.

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