Scottish ski centre frustration as closures continue while conditions are ‘best in 10 years’

Scotland’s snowsports centres are facing another tough winter, although this time it’s not due to a lack of snow.

Conditions across the Highlands have been ideal for skiing and snowboarding, but the country’s five main resorts – Cairngorm, Glenshee, Nevis Range, Glencoe and the Lecht – are unable to open due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Recent years have seen several invest in artificial snow-making equipment because not enough was falling naturally to cover the runs – something which hasn’t been a problem in the last few weeks.

Trafford Wilson, chief executive at Snowsports Scotland, said: “It’s really frustrating, as we had wonderful snow last March and April during the first lockdown – and again we’ve got what some are saying are the best conditions in 10 years – but we can’t use them.”

He explained that the Level 4 restrictions have caused close to £30m of net income losses for the

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