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Skiing season could last until June

Skiers heading for Glencoe are enjoying some of the snowiest pistes in the world, with predictions the perfect conditions will continue far into spring.

Recent falls, which have sent enthusiasts flocking to the resort, have left the slopes with a depth of 16ft, the highest recorded on the mountain for at least 60 years.

Elsewhere, the snow is reaching similar heights across Scotland's resorts.

It compares with the current depths in Zermatt in Switzerland which reports depths of just over 12ft; Chamonix in the French Alps, 9ft 6in, and the Canadian resort of Whistler where it is 6ft 10in.

CairnGorm Mountain, Glencoe Mountain, Glenshee, Nevis Range and The Lecht have been reporting excellent conditions and unprecedented piste depths.

Ski Scotland is predicting the season for Scottish snowsports could continue until June.

Andy Meldrum, managing director at Glencoe mountain, said: "It's been snowing every day since the middle of December, the most snow I've seen here and the most our regulars have seen in the past 60 years of skiing here.

"The skiing season normally finishes in April. But I think it'll run well into May this year, and there's a good chance it'll even run into June."

Heather Negus, chairwoman of Ski Scotland, which promotes the country's ski areas, said: "Our ski resorts have amazing snow which was enjoyed by thousands of people during the Scottish and English school mid-term breaks."

Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland chairman, added: "With the fantastic coverage of the Winter Olympics hitting our screens, we are sure many people are just itching to get outside and give it a go."

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