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The operator of the Scottish ski area has told a newspaper that high fuel prices have played a part in reducing the number of skiers and snowboarders attending this season.

Andy Meldrum, who is also chairman of Ski Scotland, says he expects his business to be down 25% on an average year and the situation is likely to be similar for other resorts in Scotland.

The Press Journal reports Mr Meldrum as saying that the season has been so poor that sledgers will make up nearly half his business.

He expects Glencoe to welcome about 13,000 skiers and snowboarders this season, – compared to an average of almost 20,000.

But the number of sledgers is likely to be around 10,000.

“We have had poorer seasons – the worst was 7000 skiers – and survived, but its tough,” Mr Meldrum said.

“We have had more people sledging than skiing on lots of days, and this season the sledgers have helped us stay in business.”

Mr Meldrum said he believed the cost of fuel was a factor and had discouraged people from travelling.

The Scottish ski season started late with no significant snow until February.

But a recent return to wintry conditions has boosted prospects for the Easter holidays and the end of the season.

Glencoe has said it will stay open until the May Bank Holiday but only if there is sufficient demand.

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Read the full article in the Press Journal.