An early Arctic blast has sparked hopes of a bumper ski season at Glenshee.
Bosses at the Aberdeenshire centre have their fingers crossed for a reversal of fortunes after last year’s wash-out.
If snow continues to fall, the slopes could be open to skiers and boarders by early December, after a late start in February last season.
Glenshee was only able to open 18 times during late 2016 and early 2017.
Normally, it aims for 100 days a year.
A spokeswoman said: “Conditions have been very good so far, certainly a lot better than they were this time last year.
“We’ve had a lot of light snow the past couple of days and it is forecast to continue early next week.
“If this keeps up, we are hoping to be able to open by early next month, although we can’t say anything for sure.”
The centre has also issued an appeal for volunteers to help cover lifts during lunch-time sessions.
A registration and training session has been set for Sunday, December 10 from 9am.