Continued heavy snow fall in parts of the Highlands has helped two of Scotland’s snowsports centres open early. The sites at CairnGorm and Lecht opened up early over the weekend of December 1st.
On Friday night, three inches of snow fell over the Cairngorms. The heavy cover follows continued weeks of snowfall since October. This allows the sportscentres to have enough snow to support skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports. The news will provide a great boost to the industry, which suffered a poor season in 2011. However, to protect themselves, some operators have installed snow cannons. Providing much needed cover in the worst of weather periods, such new strategies are helping many Scottish businesses continue trading.
Other industries are also finding new strategies. Sometimes this is with the help of commercial finance plans such as invoice discounting.
Last year’s slowdown in the snowsports sector was the first for three years. In 2010, the season was very successful. Many sites opened early, including Glencoe. This was the first time it had opened ahead of the Christmas break in a decade.
As well as this, CairnGorm, Glencoe, Glenshee, Lecht and the Nevis Range continued to remain open until well into the New Year. The previous winter also saw a strong performance.
It is hoped that 2012 will see another booming trade. Possibly still affected by the sporting fever created in the summer, many new skiers, as well as experienced skiers, could well be hitting the slopes.
The continued cold snap is expected to last through the week.