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Ski Scotland and the Association of Scottish Ski Areas have come out fighting after accusations of spending too much on snowmaking.

A report for the Climate Coalition by the Priestley International Centre for Climate recently claimed that three of Scotland's main ski resorts were spending more than 50% of their operating budgets on artificial snow factories. 

It follows the poor winter ski season of 2016/17.  

However the two organisations are refuting the claims in the strongest possible terms.  

They accuse the report's authors of getting the facts wrong and using questionable research techniques.

"This information is incorrect and its widespread reporting and repetition undermines the reputation both of the ski companies involved and the Scottish snowsports industry," said a joint statement.

"To the best of our knowledge, no academic or researcher from the Priestley Centre has been in touch with any of Scotland's five mountain ski resorts."  

Here on PlanetSKI we have reported on the snow factories:
The snowfall in the Highland this winter:
And pointed out the irony that this winter is seeing large amounts of snow at times:
Scotland has also received a recent financial grant from VisitScotland:
It is a matter of fact that only two Technoalpin snow factories have been brought to Scotland this winter.  

One, heavily subsidised by the manufacturer, was trialled early in the season at CairnGorm Mountain and is currently at The Lecht 2090 Ski Centre.  

The other was leased by Glencoe Mountain and may become permanent if the crowd-funding initiative proves successful.  

The report's authors have not so far commented on the criticisms.  

Here at PlanetSKI we'll keep you posted.

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