Skiing in Scotland may not be as famed as that of the Alps or the Pyrenees, but the Highlands offer plenty of advantages for enthusiastic boarders and skiers. Being close to home, you’ll be able to plan last-minute and weekend retreats to Scotland’s ski resorts, where wintery conditions last far longer than they do in England or in Central Scotland. Ready to hit the slopes? Use this article as a guide to planning your ski trip to the Scottish Highlands.
An Overview of Scotland’s Ski Resorts
Scotland is home to five mountain ski resorts. First up on the list is Cairngorm, located about an hour’s drive from Inverness. Regarded as some of the toughest skiing in the UK, Cairngorm boasts some 30km of ski runs, as well as climbing, ski mountaineering, and winter trails for non-skiers.
Next up is Nevis Range, located about an hour and a half from Inverness. As well as offering beautiful west coast views from atop AonachMor, the resort features 12 lifts with access to 24 slopes. The gondola ride from the car park to the slopes some 650m above sea level is one of the resort’s best non-ski attractions.
Also close to the west coast is Glencoe, which is Scotland’s oldest ski centre, established in 1956. Considered the best resort for experienced skiers, Glencoe is home to the formidable “Flypaper” run—the steepest black run in the UK! Aside from its 19 runs and 7 lifts, the resort offers sledging and hill walking activities.
Better suited for families and beginner skiers is The Lecht, which is located some 645m above sea level in the eastern Cairngorms. The resort features a “magic carpet” lift and three nursery slope lifts that make it ideal for beginners, as well as tubing activities that are great for the entire family.
Last but not least is Glenshee, which covering 2,000 acres and extending over four mountains earns the distinction of being Scotland’s largest ski and snowboarding resort. Glenshee features 22 lifts and 36 runs, making it a great place for skiers of all skill levels.
Top Tips for Staying Safe
Skiing is meant to be a high thrill activity, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a dangerous one. Check the conditions before you head out on the slopes each day. Beginner skiers should plan to take lessons from an experienced instructor, while skiers of all levels should remember the importance of wearing protective gear like helmets, goggles, and wrist guards to prevent serious injury in case of a fall. In the event of an accident, minor injuries will likely be handled by local ski patrol or first aid posts, but serious injuries and accidents may require medical evacuation to a nearby hospital. If you’ve been injured on a ski holiday, contact the solicitors at Irwin Mitchell to help you file a compensation claim.