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It bought three snow factories after poor snow last winter. Seems they aren't needed as Mother Nature provides and skiing booms.

Last winter was little short of disasterous for the five Scottish ski resorts with poor snow across the winter.  

With a fear of a repeat this winter threee resorts - Glencoe, The Lecht and Cairgngorm - decided to invest in the Technoalpin, snowfactories.    

They are able to make significant quantities of snow even if the temperature does not fall below freezing.  

They make it in what is effectively a giant freezer and then pump it out.  

We reported on it at the time on PlanetSKI:
The Lecht snowfactoryThe Lecht snowfactory arrives















"It's ironic really, that three of our ski areas have obtained the use of Technoalpin snow factories to make snow in marginal conditions and yet Nature has delivered natural snow for all of our resorts. Long may that continue!" said the Chair of Ski-Scotland, Andy Meldrum. 

"Great snow and weather conditions in early January brought out skiers and snowboarders who'd been frustrated last season.

"It's almost like there's a pent-up desire to come sliding at one or other of our five mountain resorts."  

That has been reflected in skier numbers, recorded as 'skier days' by the snowsports resorts.  

Already last year's season total has been surpassed.  

Results are also way ahead of the previous season (2015-16) and could match of surpass the very successful winter of 2014-15.  

Here is what it currently looks like in Glenshee:

Glenshee, ScotlandGlenshee, Scotland

Glenshee, ScotlandGlenshee, Scotland

Glenshee, ScotlandGlenshee, Scotland

Snowsports form a significant part of Scotland's winter tourism economy.  

The resorts have recently received a financial boost to promote snowsports as we reported last month.  
For each £1 spent at a ski area, a further £4 is spent "off the hill" in local businesses such as accommodation, places to eat and drink, shops and petrol  stations. 

Since season 2009-10, Scotland's snowsports areas have hosted around 1.8M 'skier days' which, using current data, have generated over £180M for the national economy. 

Scotland also expects a boost with the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics starting this week. 

Resorts have plans to capitalise on the interest.  
Here at PlanetSKi we are keen fans of skiing in our home mountains. 

One of our roving repoters, Rob Stewart, was in Scotland with his kids a few years back:
Next month another of our roving reporters, Briony Key, is headling to the Highlands to check out how this winter is doing. 

Look out for her reports in early March.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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