More than 2,000 snowsports enthusiasts took to the slopes across the north and north-east yesterday as the season finally got under way.
After a late start caused by the unseasonal weather, resorts across Scotland reported a steady flow of visitors over the weekend, with many keen to make up for lost time.
Conditions are expected to remain settled for much of the week, with more snow on the way.
CairnGorm appeared to be the busiest of the bunch yesterday, with more than 1,000 people taking to the pistes.
A spokeswoman said: “It’s been going amazing out there today. We’ve had 1,100 skiers out on the hill. Six out of nine tows are running, and the ski schools are open.
“It’s actually looking good for the rest of the week. We’ve got receding temperatures and the snow is coming.
“It has been a late start to the season but it has been a good start. It’s here at last.”
At the Lecht, which enjoyed a short-lived spell of activity between Christmas and Hogmanay before the snow disappeared, a spokeswoman said: “It’s been a fairly busy day.
“It’s been snowing on and off all day. We’ve had 800 – that’s not bad for our second day.
“We are not expecting any change tomorrow, it will be fine.”
Before the weekend, Nevis Range had just one day of ski-ing so far this season, at the end of December.
Office manager, Mark Jordan, said yesterday: “We’ve had about 250 skiers, which isn’t bad.
“We’ve got pretty much a full run from the summit to the bottom of the chair.
“It looks like tonight we might get a bit more snow, and it looks fairly calm and settled for the week.
Meanwhile at Glencoe, a spokeswoman said: “We’ve been quite busy today, with a lot of children sledging up the top.
“We’ve had 118. We’re not actually ski-ing at the moment, just sledging, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
“I think there’s meant to be a bit of snow coming on tonight.”
The snowsports season generated more than £23million for the Scottish economy last season which was slightly down on the previous winter, with 230,634 skier days recorded.