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The annual Scottish ski festival took place this weekend with activities and celebrations on Scotland's slopes. UPDATED

The SnowFest fun events include Zibob racing, igloo building and a snowman competition at Glencoe Mountain, a Burton Riglet taster session for the youngest snowboarders at CairnGorm mountain.

CairnGorm is also offering shop discounts on ski accessories and prizes for the best photos and posts on Facebook and Instagram.

Meanwhile at Glenshee there's live music until 4pm and three different bands performing.

At Nevis Range there is a snow sculpture competition and the chance to watch the amazing SARDA Rescue Dogs in action.

Here's a look at the traditional mass descent.

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Participants wear tartan at Glencoe and at Nevis Range they are met by piper Ben.

Glencoe Mountain - 5 March, 2017Glencoe Mountain - 5 March, 2017















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"No one can deny that it's been a challenging winter for Scotland's snowsports areas," chair of Ski-Scotland, Heather Negus, has said.

"However, it's not really been a mild winter. We have had good snow and some brilliant overhead weather for T-shirt skiing, but the fluctuating temperatures have meant that it's been a bit of a stop-start season so far."

"Remember that we usually expect to ski well into May and that in previous years which had this sort of weather pattern there have often been large dumps of snow well into the spring."

Ski-Scotland SnowfestSki-Scotland Snowfest last year
















Over the last few days snow has been falling even at lower levels and people in Scotland's Central Belt have been waking up to white gardens.

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