News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Scotland Posts Best Season In 14 Years (08-Jun-10)

Scotland, June 8, 2010 - Although Scotland's ski season is

Although Scotland’s ski season is not yet officially over, with CairnGorm Mountain expecting to operate at weekends in June, ski-scotland is already evaluating the benefit of what has been a phenomenal season.

Since the season started in late November, Scotland’s five mountain ski areas have had 373,782 skier days), the best result since winter 1995-96. The previous best over the last 15 years was season 2000-01 with over 366,000 skier days, and it is only recently that ski-scotland has realised this figure has been beaten.

“All winter, we realised we were heading for a great season,” said Chair of ski-scotland Heather Negus. “We had hoped to match the figure for 2001, but didn’t realise we had beaten it until recently, when everything was added up – and of course, CairnGorm Mountain is still operating, so we’re still counting!”

The ski season is estimated to have generated at least £37.5M for the Scottish economy, at a time of year when tourism businesses are generally quiet. This great result is not only good news for the ski companies; research shows that for each £1 spent “on the hill” at a ski area, a further

£3 is spent off the hill.  Therefore over £28M has been spent this winter by skiers in local accommodation, cafés, bars, restaurants, shops and filling stations.

“All the ski areas have been delighted to see other local businesses thriving this winter,” continued Heather. “Everything really came together for us – we had lots and lots of superb snow, which kept on coming, some truly amazing overhead weather giving ‘bluebird’ conditions, and, because there was also snow elsewhere in the UK, people realised that the Scottish Highlands did have skiing and snowboarding to rival the best and they came here to enjoy it.”

The figures for the five individual ski areas are:

The Lecht operated on 110 days, was closed for 5 days, due to road closure, and had 52,147 skier days.

Glencoe operated on 113 days, was closed on 13 days, due to storm conditions, and had 26,135 skier days.

Nevis Range operated on 117 days, was closed on 11 days, due to storm conditions, and had 34,886 skier days.

Glenshee operated on 110 days, was closed on 6 days, due to road closure, and had 116,614 skier days. They narrowly missed beating their 15-year previous best by around 1,500!

CairnGorm Mountain had operated on 143 days (and still counting), was closed on 19 days, due to clearing road, train track and lifts of excess snow,  and has so far had over 144,000 skier days – and counting.
 
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