Sunday, 25 December 2016 20:57

SNOW BETTER PLACE FOR WINTER SPORTS

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WINTER STAYCATIONS BEST BET AS BREXIT BITES

SNP MSP Kate Forbes is encouraging snow sports enthusiasts from across the UK to stay in Scotland this winter – with Scottish skiing and snowboarding trips offering better value for money than venturing abroad.

 

A weak pound – caused by uncertainty in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU – means that costs of travelling to resorts in Europe have spiralled. Instead there are great deals to be found at Scotland’s five ski centres, which have all ploughed significant investment into upgrading facilities in the past few years.

VisitScotland figures estimate that snow sports are worth around £30 million each year to Scotland’s economy, supporting over 600 jobs. For every £1 spent on the hills an additional £4 is spent in the surrounding areas – giving a substantial economic boost to Scotland’s rural communities.

Skye Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes, whose constituency is home to Glencoe, Cairngorm and Nevis Range resorts, said:

“As a snow sports destination, Scotland represents great value for money for skiers and snowboarders from across the UK.

“You don’t need a passport, you don’t need travel insurance and you won’t be hit by the terrible exchange rates caused by Brexit.

“These past few years have seen significant snowfall for most of the Scottish resorts, allowing the season to continue well into the spring. And there have been major upgrades in infrastructure too – with new lifts and facilities giving skiers and boarders an even better experience on and off the piste.

“The Highlands of Scotland offer among the most beautiful landscapes in the world, great food and drink and fantastic hospitality. Snow sports enthusiasts should make their way to Scotland for the best deals on holidays this winter.”

Source for figures on value of snow sports: http://mediacentre.visitscotland.org/pressreleases/lift-off-for-scottish-ski-centres-1112832