Scottish ski areas are remaining shut due to COVID-19, but have welcomed a funding lift of £5.5m to upgrade their facilities. Glencoe and Glenshee will replace their chairlifts and Lecht and Nevis Range will upgrade their tow lifts. 

Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise are providing 75% of the funding, with the rest coming from the ski centres. 

Fergus Ewing, the Scottish government's minister for business, energy and tourism said: "The snowsports sector is very important for Scotland's rural economy and is worth an estimated £30m per year, supporting over 600 jobs . . . The most recent full ski season in Scotland saw over 235,000 skier days recorded and with this funding we can look forward to many more successful years."

Graham McCabe, managing director at Glenshee, told the BBC: "The new lifts will further develop Glenshee snowsports experience by improving access to higher altitude snowfield and will undoubtedly help retain domestic skiers on Scotland's slopes whilst hopefully encouraging more international snowsport enthusiasts to samepl what Scottish skiing has to offer."