Skiing and snowboarding brings £21 million into Scottish economy

Published on June 21st, 2016 | by Annabel Harrison

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Perfect spring skiing conditions at Glencoe Mountain Resort

Final figures, published yesterday , showed a total of 207,770 skier days – individual visits – for the season, which ended in early May.

The almost £21million which skiers and snowboarders generated for the Scottish economy did not only benefit the resorts, but provided a boost for local businesses, including accommodation providers, restaurants, shops and filling stations. It is estimated that £16.8million was spent in these local businesses, with a further £4.1million going to the main ski resorts.

These were CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore, Glencoe Mountain Resort between Tyndrum and Ballachulish, Nevis Range near Fort William, Glenshee Ski Centre between Blairgowrie and Braemar and The Lecht Ski Centre between Strathdon and Tomintoul.

Ski-Scotland chairwoman Heather Negus said: “We are delighted with these figures.

“Although they are lower than last season, they are much better than anticipated, given the late start to the season.”

She added that, although the season was short, the average number of skiers every day across the resorts was up, with 514 per day in 2016 compared to 497 for the 2014-15 season.

 

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