For the second year running, Cairngorm Mountain above Aviemore has reported figures of over 120,000 ski and snowboarding visitors, which is nae bad for a resort which usually has more heather than snow.
This is the first time in 15 years the resort has been able to report 2 successive winters with such high visitor numbers, and we’re delighted for them as on a good ski day we think there are few places better.
The season got off to a great start with heavy snowfall in December, with the first lifts opening even earlier in mid-November. Cairngorm boasts one of Scotland’s biggest and most snow-sure ski areas, and for this reason is a regular haunt for the PowderBeds team as we escape Edinburgh’s city centre at weekends.
One of our favourite memories from the winter was looking at the global snow reports and seeing the Scottish resorts topping the weekend’s snowfall league table. It’s not often that happens and we can’t imagine it happening again for a very long time.
As proof to the doubters that it can be great, here’s a quick video of a team outing to Glenshee (one of Cairngorm’s neighbouring resorts) earlier in the year.
Unlike skiing in France, or other traditional ski destinations, it is very difficult to plan a ski holiday to Scotland. If you’re able to strike it lucky and go on a good day though it is simply magical (we think so anyway!), and is a truly unique skiing experience.
We love skiing in Scotland, and providing you don’t mind the biting wind, the odd slab of sheet ice, heather and sleet, we’re convinced most others would do too!
Congratulations to Cairngorm for another record-breaking season!
Posted by Marcus Blunt on Friday 06 May 2011