The Scotland ski resorts are usually open from December until March for all budgets and levels of expertise. Despite a milder winter in 2012, the ski resorts still saw a healthy snowfall, attracting seasoned skiers and snowboarders alike even before Christmas. The forecast for the season is expected to bring more wintery showers. You can check the wintry views of some of the resorts through the many webcams
People seeking an opportunity to hit the slopes need only look to Scotland as the five resorts available offer something for everyone. Here is a guide to the resorts and the best options to save you money so your time on the slops is enjoyable.
Glenshee’s impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. Commonly known as ‘The Tree Valleys of Scotland’; the resort offers an extensive ski area.
The Lecht Activity Centre is situated in the heart of Scotland’s largest National Park, 2090 feet above sea level. The resort is particularly ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Tubing is also available dependent on conditions.
Nevis Range, Inverness-shire.
The highest skiing in Scotland; Nevis Range offers a variety of winter sports. The resort’s trails cater for beginners up to advanced level skiers and offers Scotland’s only mountain gondola.
Glencoe is situated in the beautiful Rannoch Moor. The resort offers 18 runs across 7 lifts, catering for skiers and boarders of all levels, including the longest and steepest runs in Scotland.
Cairngorm offers more than 30km of ski runs and fully maintained Snowboard Park. Disability Snowsports UK offers snow sports tuition for the disabled. You can reach the peak of beautiful Cairngorm Mountain via the mountain railway near Aviemore.
Travelling via public transport to the Highlands is easy, with sleeper trains available from London Euston and Kings Cross for as little as £30.50 and tickets from Manchester start from as little as £26.00 per person. Once in the Highlands, an extensive network of local bus and rail services, as well as hire car options allow holidaymakers to move around freely.
On arrival, local towns such as Fort William can offer a wide range of accommodation options, from hostels to luxury hotels, all welcoming and affordable. However, should you wish to be closer to the action, an array of both self-catering and fully catered accommodation can be found in and around the resorts.