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Heavy snow finally arrives at Cairngorm Mountain

By Gavin Musgrove

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The arrival of heavy snow at Cairngorm Mountain at the start of the half-term school holidays has been welcomed.

The resort is closed today because work is still being carried out by snow ploughs to clear the road to the Coire Cas car park.

But Cairngorm Mountain is hopeful that there will be skiing and snowboarding on offer tomorrow.

A view from one of the vehicles heading up the Cairngorm ski road earlier today.
A view from one of the vehicles heading up the Cairngorm ski road earlier today.

Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd interim chief executive Susan Smith said: "Whilst later in the year than we would have liked it’s great to see the snow finally arrive and hopefully this will enable us to get the surface lifts open for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the February half-term holiday.

"We are indebted to the local community who have stuck with us and have made great use of the artificial slope – now it’s time to enjoy natural snow and full skiing at Cairngorm Mountain."

Many of the Central Belt schools are already on holiday and pupils in Badenoch and Strathspey are off at the start of next week.

A couple of inches of snow has fallen in the Aviemore area and led to difficult driving conditions.

A white Audi TT was involved in a minor collision with a four by four at the junction of Grampian Road and Dalfaber Driver at the north end of the village just before 9am.

There are also reports of an accident at La Taverna roundabout at the south end of the village with police in attendance.

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