Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Five reasons why we ♡ skiing in Scotland

It's a challenge, it's an adventure and it's a thrill to put skis on real snow in the UK.  Yes, it's unpredictable, but when your luck is in, there's no better feeling.

1. Choose from 5 resorts

From Glencoe and Nevis Range on the west coast, through to Cairngorm Mountain above Aviemore, and Glenshee and The Lecht in the east. 
  • Cairngorm Mountain is the most popular, probably because it has the best record for snow sureness. The views are great and the lifts are quick. It boasts Scotland's only funicular railway.
  • Glencoe has incredible scenery and there are some steep descents for those who want adventure! And it is home to Scotland's longest ski run. 
  • Nevis Range is often quieter than the other resorts and has some challenging terrain. It also has an artificial slope if snow is in short supply. 
  • Glenshee has something for all abilities and is one of the larger areas with 36 runs to keep you busy. 
  • The Lecht is an attractive small ski area which is great for families and has a fun Penguin Park for younger children. 

2. Great Ski School

The teaching is to a high standard, with friendly BASI-qualified instructors who will take first-timers to the nursery slopes or set a challenge for more experienced skiers and boarders.

3. Your budget

You can buy half-day, full-day or multi-day passes, giving you the flexibility to do other activities on your holiday (whisky tasting anyone?). Lift passes are slightly cheaper than their Alpine rivals, but it’s the in-resort costs that will save you money.  You can have lunch on the slopes without taking out a second mortgage!

4. More than just skiing

There’s a huge choice of activities in Scotland, from mountain biking and hiking to historical attractions and distillery tours. We suggest planning a range of activities with skiing being the icing on the cake.

5. Fabulous hostels nearby

Near Cairngorm Mountain:
Abernethy Bunkhouses (Groups Only)

Near Glencoe and Nevis Range:

Near Glenshee:

Near The Lecht:

Why not use our App to search for friendly, affordable and convenient accommodation! Search for a hostel near you and check reviews, prices, directions and contact details.

The snow cover can be unpredictable, but if you keep an eye on the websites and social media, the resorts will let you know what’s happening each day.  From beautiful light fluffy snow from top to bottom to patchy snow and heather, you never quite know what you’ll get!  Visit Scotland has a good summary.

[Images courtesy of Visit Scotland]

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