While Britain has shivered through its worst winter in many years, on small town in the Scottish Highlands have welcomed every drop of snow that has fallen.
GV Scottish Highlands and lake.
TV & SV Skiers on slopes near Aviemore, using chair-lift and getting ready to ski.
GV Ski slalom competition in progress. (2 SHOTS)
GV Aviemore centre and information guide sign.
GV ZOOM TO SV Ice rink and squash courts building.
SV Swimming pool and sauna sign and people entering through door.
GV Front of ice hockey rink.
CU Signs for solarium, sun lounge with table-tennis and pools tables and sauna.
GV & SV Curling competition in progress. (3 SHOTS)
GV & SV Pony trekking near Aviemore PAN TO fast flowing waters. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Men fishing from riverbank as man looks on from fishing lodge. (3 SHOTS)
GV Centre with people walking along with skis. (4 SHOTS)
SPORT: WINTER SPORTS
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Background: While Britain has shivered through its worst winter in many years, on small town in the Scottish Highlands have welcomed every drop of snow that has fallen.
SYNOPSIS: Many visitors to the British Isles decide against visiting Scotland because of the country's reputation for consistently bad weather.
But now all that is starting to change. This winter's heavy snow has caused a boom in winter sports in the Highlands. Skiers have travelled up from England and from all over Europe. The Chairngorm??? mountains have provided more snow than more popular ski resorts in the Alps. Even the Martini-Kandahar ski races - one of Europe's top series - was held at Aviemore this year.
The Aviemore complex has transformed what was a small railway junction village.
Now thousands of tourists flock to the area, all year round, for it is not only ski-ing that attracts people to Aviemore.
While Scotland cannot march continental sunshine there is always a swimming pool. Or skating and ice hockey.
The Scots knew they would have to provide more than ski slopes to attract winter tourism.
One of the highlights for those who do not want to ski is the Aviemore curling rink. It's a good example of how the Scots have turned an old Highland pastime into a sport that has found popularity all over Europe. When temperatures drop to minus 20 (centigrade) only the keenest of skiers can take advantage of Scotland's abundance of snow. The rest turn to Aviemore's wealth of indoor sport.
The snow lasts on the Cairngorms right into the summer bringing skiers as well tourists to Scotland. Once again, the Scottish authorities have tried to attract skiers by offering them alternative pastimes like pony trekking.
Of course the Highland lochs and fast-flowing rivers are famous for their ample stocks of trout and salmon too. There are special schools to instruct the angler without too much experience.
The question of a degree self-government for Scotland has been deferred for the present. Winter sport in the Highlands is providing a boost for those campaigning for independence.