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Scotland sees best snow in living memory

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19 Apr 08 - Only a year after experiencing its worst season, the CairnGorm Mountain resort near Aviemore is defying the doomsayers of global warming and predictions of its demise.

Spring skiing conditions are, according to everyone who knows, the best in living memory.

The snow in Scotland is so good that at least two of its five resorts are expecting to extend the season into May. It may be just temporary, but for the moment the Great British Ski Resort is back in business.

"I’ve been skiing here for 30 years but these are the best spring conditions I can remember." says Bob Kinnair, chief executive of CairnGorm and a former head of the British Association of Ski Instructors. "It’s an extraordinary position for Scottish skiing to be in heading for the end of April in this century. We were open for skiing on December 1 and we’re expecting to be open on May 1, which will take us into our sixth month."

This week, after a fresh dusting of snow on Tuesday, conditions remained surprisingly good. Only a few weeks ago it was possible to ski all the way down to the lower car park, an event so rare that it was described as a "once-in-a- generation experience".

Iain Hayes, 22, from Aviemore, who has been skiing in Scotland since he was 3, said yesterday: "These are the best conditions I can remember for ten years. The cover is incredible. It’s opened up the whole mountain."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/weather/uk_and_roi/article3775931.ece
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