Is that good?
Not as good as last year on raw figures, but by any historical standard very! If however you dig a little deeper, then Glencoe were almost 10k down on last season at the start of Feb and recovered around half of that through the remainder of the season.
It was an extremely good half term period for Scottish Snowsports, even if CairnGorm managed to chase away maybe as much as 1000 skier days per day by running limited uplift for the conditions and as a result having to suspend ticket sales prematurely for the available terrain.
To put that in perspective the HIE strategic review calculated average spend per skier day at £23 in 2009/10 and using the Retail Prices Index that should be around £28 today (and CairnGorm has the highest lift prices so that is probably an under-estimate). The busiest period of half term is around 10 days covering the peak of the Scottish long weekends and peak English week. So maybe somewhere between £200k and £300k in revenue lost by CML by trying to cut costs by not running uplift - that's the sort of budget that's required to bring the West Wall Chairlift back into service.
It is not just problems under Natural Retreats watch though. If CML had been a well managed and successful business, Natural Retreats wouldn't be on the mountain. That should not be forgotten.