Scotland’s five ski resorts fully open for 2017 (finally!)
Heavy snowfall in the Highlands over the past week has been great news for Scotland’s five ski resorts – and for Scottish skiers. Now that snow and winds have mostly abated, roads are clear and pistes groomed, all of the mountain snowsport areas are operational.
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 and the lifts include Scotland’s only funicular and gondola, chairlifts, surface tows and even travelators – “magic carpets” – which are ideal for beginners.
Skiers and snowboarders frustrated by the weather so far are reminded to check conditions before leaving, and – when safe to do so – while en route.
Heather added: “Our official website www.ski-scotland.com/conditions is updated by the ski areas themselves throughout the day as and when conditions change. It is easily accessible by mobile and tablet as well as computer and gives the status of lifts, runs and access roads as well as snow conditions and overhead weather.
“Our webcams also give a true picture of what to expect, although, of course, these cannot show every run at every ski area.”