Skiing in Scotland

A Guide to Skiing in Scotland

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Though it has not historically been known as a centre for excellent skiing, the snow conditions and facilities in Scotland have gradually improved over recent years and now there are some wonderful skiing conditions to be had here. There are five ski resorts scattered over the mountains of the Highlands of Scotland, all of which have a lot to offer skiers of a range of abilities.

Glenshee

Glenshee ski centre is the most southerly in Scotland. It covers a large area, and offers a wide variety of skiing and snowboarding. Glas Maol is considered to be one of the best runs in Scotland when weather conditions are right.

As the most southerly in Scotland though, the conditions in Glenshee can be very weather dependent, so check the weather and snow conditions before you go.

A one day lift pass is £29 for adults and £19 for children.

Glencoe

Glencoe Mountain Resort has some of the best steep pistes in the country, and skiers are treated to some absolutely stunning views out over Rannoch Moor and surrounding mountains. As well as a range of pleasing pistes, there is also some of the best off-piste skiing in Scotland available to the left of the chairlift.

As with Glenshee, the weather can be unpredictable, so check ahead, and drop everything if the weather conditions for a given weekend look good.

A one day lift pass is £30 for adults and £20 for children.

Nevis Range

Nevis Range Mountain Resort is good for heading off into the back country and skiing in peace far from crowds. The back corries offer particularly good runs for intermediate to advanced skiers, and this resort is less susceptible to having its access roads closed in bad weather.

Best conditions here are to be found later in the season, once the prevailing Westerlies have filled the back bowls with snow, so wait until February or March to come here to experience the best they have to offer.

A one day pass is £30 for adults and £18.50 for children.

The Lecht

The Lecht is a tiny ski centre with short runs, but it is perhaps one of the best for families with younger children, or novice skiers. The queues are shorter than at the bigger resorts and so you will have more time on the slopes, and the manageable size means that you will not feel overwhelmed or daunted if this is your first time on snow, or if you are nervous about the kids.

Since this is in the Cairngorm National Park it has some of the most reliably good snow conditions in Scotland. Conditions are best between January and March, although they have also been good as late as April in recent years.

A one day lift pass is £23-29 for adults and £16-19 for children.

Cairngorm

Cairngorm Mountain Ski resort is, perhaps, the best ski centre Scotland has to offer. It has more snow, which lasts for longer than anywhere else in the country. There is a funicular railway to take you up the mountain, and the pistes are particularly well maintained. Go later in the season for best conditions, and to avoid the crowds of the February half-term. Excellent on and off piste skiing is available for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers.

A one day lift pass is £33.50 for adults and £20 for children.

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