10 Feb 2009
Alex Hill, chief government advisor with the Met Office, said the amount of snow in the Scottish mountains had been decreasing for the last 40 years and there was no reason for the decline to stop.
He added: “Put it this way, I will not be investing in the ski-ing industry. Will there be a ski industry in Scotland in 50 years’ time? Very unlikely.”
Fast forward to 2013
Scottish ski resorts eye summer season
7 April 2013 00:00
FORGET the beach barbecues. Scots could be heading to the slopes this June, with two of the country’s ski resorts predicting there will still be snow on the ground at the height of summer.
It’s grim news for those worn down by freezing temperatures, but for the operators of Scotland’s five ski centres, remaining open for a full six months would be the pinnacle of a successful season.
The second coldest March on record and a busy Easter weekend have seen snow sports enthusiasts flocking to the slopes. More than 250,000 wintersports enthusiasts have visited Scotland’s ski centres since the beginning of December.
Colin Kirkwood, marketing manager at CairngormMountain, said: “To get to June would be amazing.”
Summer ski-ing in Scotland is almost unprecedented. Cairngorm has managed it just once, in 2010.
h/t to Jimbo