^ re : government funding. several studies have estimated Scottish skiing is worth ~20 million to highland economies. this comes at a time of year when tourism would otherwise non-existent.
Snowsports have contributed almost £20.5m to the Scottish economy since the start of the latest season, according to VisitScotland. The tourism body said about £16.4m of that figure was money spent on accommodation, shops and fuel.
So the tax payers sees measurable return and there is justifiable case for investment. The obvious problem is that one area has been preferential funded by public purse to detriment of the others. However it is even worse than that : Cairngorm has used this funding to downsize the ski area in futile attempt to become 'house of bruar at 3000ft'.
Edited 3 times. Last edit at 10.47hrs Wed 3 Jan 18 by Doug_Bryce.