Skiers with very different backgrounds are saying that they would have been better skiing in Scotland this winter, rather than taking holidays in the Alps.
For example retired teachers David and Liz Culshaw of Banchory who regularly ski at The Lecht had a great time on their last-minute cut-price deal to Seefeld in Austria. However, their return to Scotland was problematic with a 24-hour delay due to snow.
“There were 1,000 of us packed like cattle for six hours at Innsbruck airport,” said David, “then we had a four hour journey in a very stuffy bus to Verona airport. The people behind us were coughing and sneezing the whole way, and, inevitably, we both came down with flu on our return. I now wish we’d stayed at home and skied at the Lecht or Glenshee instead!”
On hearing this, Chair of Ski-Scotland Heather Negus said, “these stories are pretty typical of what we’re hearing from our customers. We’ve never tried to compete with the Alps or the Rockies, but this year many skiers are comparing us favourably, particularly on price, convenience and of course good conditions. Although spring may have sprung in the south and at low level, all the Scottish ski areas still have great skiing on spring snow, with more snow still falling on high ground when there’s rain at sea level. We expect to have snow right through April and into May, so don’t pack away your ski boots yet!”